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Film Academy Teacher's Guides

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on February 11, 2009 in Odum Library

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the people who bring you the Oscars) offers free Teacher’s Guides for helping secondary students in English, language arts, visual arts, or communications explore the art and science of film.

Guides focus on animation, art direction, costumes and makeup, documentaries, film editing, visual effects, screenwriting, sound and music, or cinematography.

Early Film Projector

Early Film Projector


It seems that, with the new wave of home computer software, that many students now have access to a monumental amount of film editing and visual effect software.

Still, for those who choose to take their at home hobby as a serious vocation, these guides will prove very useful.

Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg says:

The Academy’s teaching guides might be of interest to our students in middle-grades and secondary education (also I was aiming for a tie-in with the Oscars).

The guides focus on film history, practical preparation, writing, learning to see what’s in the frame, and developing ideas for film.

I review educational documentaries for other librarians, and I’ve certainly seen films (though not many) that demonstrate the filmmaker’s proficiency with software, but little else. 🙂

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