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ERIC Number: ED040173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 6
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Using the 16MM. Stop-Frame Projector to Teach Film Technique.
Head, James
English Exchange, v11 n3 p 32-37 Spr 1969
English is concerned with language experience, and because much of today's "language" is experienced through electronic media--television, movies, radio--film courses fall within the English curriculum. A stop-frame projector is essential for classroom analysis of such film devices as framing, establishing shots, and scene composition. Framing is a device in which the camera focuses through a bounded outline (e.g., a doorway) to reveal an important person or event; it is used to create atmosphere, to synthesize two dissimilar ideas or images in a type of "montage" effect, or to emphasize camera technique. A visual parallel to the opening sentence of a written composition, the "establishing shot" (the first important shot related to the theme of the movie) can be examined for its connection to the rest of the film. Furthermore, the visual composition of various scenes can be examined for texture, camera angles, and positions of people and objects; students can then practice composition by taking polaroid pictures of carefully planned scenes. Through examining these film techniques with the stop-frame projector, students can develop their visual imagination and critical faculties. (LH)
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Authoring Institution: Ontario Council of Teachers of English, Toronto (Ontario).