ERIC Number: ED049648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Reference Count: 0
Involvement and Making Movies: A Study of the Introduction of Movie Making to Poverty Boys. Final Report.
Advocates of movie making believe that it provides a non-ethnocentric experience that is inherently engaging and relatively free from the risk of failure. Disadvantaged teenage boys who were attending two experimental summer work camps participated in studies of two aspects of movie making. The first study evaluated three different techniques for introducing movie making to the boys. The techniques ranged from simply making equipment and films available, to cursory instruction in movie making, to a maximum involvement situation with ongoing instruction, planning sessions, contests, and the immediate viewing of completed films. No significant differences in quantity or quality of the films were found among the presentations. The second study attempted to find a correlation between the content of the movies and the attitudes, personality traits, and behavior of the movie maker. Although the number of movies taken and their content were not found to be related to the personality of the individual movie maker, ratings of the quality of the movies showed a tendency toward such a relationship. This data would suggest the need for caution in viewing claims for the therapeutic value of movie making, however, the success of movie making must be considered in context as a possibly relevant and important social situation. (JY)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY.