Film Analysis Using the MY HERO Film Collection: Identifying Genre, Techniques, and Message

by by Jerrilyn Jacobs, Taft High School
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by Jerrilyn Jacobs, Taft High School

Grade Level
K-4,5-8,9-12+

Subject
Arts - Media,English/Language Arts,
Overview/Purpose:

Individual filmmakers use common film elements and techniques to create unique points of view in expressing their appreciation for personal heroes in short films. Students access films on the MY HERO site in the Screening Room, analyzing them for film elements, techniques and message, choosing a favorite film and presenting their opinions and ideas to the class.

Standards:

-Applying a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate print and non-print texts.
-Applying knowledge of media techniques, figurative language, and genre to critique and discuss print and non-print texts.

Objectives:

-Students will be able to identify film genres and their component parts.
-Students will be able to extract the message from a documentary or narrative film.
-Students will analyze the effectiveness of the production in expressing the message.
-Students will discuss how different people see film messages in different ways.