ERIC Number: ED337835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Filmmaking in the Classroom: A Backstage Approach to Learning.
Bowden, Onlee L.
Using film making in the classroom can bring to life concepts that may seem abstract and offer thinking as well as decision making skills to the participants. To achieve this objective, a small group communication class was asked to make a movie about creativity. The 3-week project resulted in the writing, directing, filming, and editing of a movie titled "Recreating Creation" or "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Creation." The first week of the project was spent discussing the concepts to be used in the movie--in this case, the use of creativity in group problem solving. Then, the class was divided into groups to write a script capturing the creative process within groups. When filming began, the students encountered problems making the film, and subsequently it was decided to film a class discussion about creativity instead of the originally conceived plot. This served to place more emphasis on the process rather than the product, and allowed students to showcase what they had learned. Finally, since producing the movie proved to be an enormous job, the following ideas were developed to make such projects more manageable in the future: 1) use broadcasting students to help with filming and editing; 2) use this project in a 3-6 week course rather than a semester-long one so as not to lose momentum; 3) remember that the point is hands-on experience with material being presented in class; 4) let the students make decisions; 5) choose the method of evaluation in advance; and 6) avoid using this project with groups that don't "click" together. (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Collaborative Learning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 1991).