Learning

Interactive software for teaching and learning.

Editsense

Editsense is a DVD-ROM of practice films for students to use with standard video editing software (iMovie or Final Cut on the Mac, MovieMaker or Premiere on the PC). Also includes Filmsense, an interactive introduction to film language.

Films to edit

Beach
On a deserted beach a boy gets a text. A girl in black approaches from behind. Is she a ghost, a lover or a killer? It’s up to you: choose from over 50 shots with different action, framing, focal length, camera position and movement, then create a soundtrack. Edit it on your own or follow a step-by-step guide.

Crash
In this stunt from a youth TV drama, a car swerves to avoid sheep in the road and rolls over.

Lift
In an empty building, a boy climbs stairs towards a darkened room. What’s waiting for him?

Stairs
A girl runs to a lift, waits anxiously until she gets to the top floor, and runs to a locked door.

Lift and Stairs can be combined as a parallel editing activity.

Also includes printable guides, video examples and an interactive guide to film language. Films are dialogue-free, for use in any language context.

Editsense site

Making movies make sense

Interactive guide to using film and filmmaking with children and young people. Includes guides to filmmaking and film language illustrated with stills and video clips, suggested literacy activities and films to watch. Available as Mac/PC DVD-ROM and as an iPad app. The desktop version also includes practice clips for editing. Aimed at educators working with ages 7-14.

Making Movies Make Sense site

Movie Power – Scripting

Interactive CD-ROM introduces editing through clip selection, setting to music, etc., PC and Mac

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Movie Power – Scripting encourages students of all ages to experiment with sequencing and editing moving images in conjunction with music, commentary and text to develop their writing skills in creative and technical assignments.
High impact movie clips provide comic, dramatic and lyrical content to support different kinds of writing, from quirky adverts and powerful arguments to narrative and poetry.

In the Basic mode beginners can experience what it means to be an editor, selecting clips to create a sequence, experimenting with the order, determining in and out points, adding titles and selecting a music track. Once the basics have been mastered, students can progress to the Advanced mode which allows the fine-tuning of sound tracks offering users the opportunity to experiment with more flexible and sophisticated editing.

System Requirements

PC Computers
Pentium IV 1GHz; 128MB RAM (256MB recommended); 400MB disk space; monitor resolution of at least 800 x 600; Windows XP; QuickTime 7.

Apple Computers
G4 1GHz; 128MB RAM (256MB recommended); 400MB disk space; monitor resolution of at least 800 x 600; Mac OSX 10.1; QuickTime 7

Picturacy

Picturacy® for Young Learners is a new interactive, educational teaching resource to help you deliver visual literacy.

Simple and easy to use, Picturacy® for Young Learners makes film in literacy accessible for teachers and interactive for pupils. Learners are excited and motivated by working with their favourite on-screen characters. The resource features famous faces from: Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Madagascar, Bee Movie, Heidi, Robots, The Magic Roundabout, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and Chicken Little.

Pupils are offered creative opportunities through stimulating on-screen texts, deepening their understanding of narrative and developing the knowledge required to make their own films.

Whilst an incredibly useful tool in promoting literacy, Picturacy® for Young Learners is also ideal for creating cross-curricular links to ICT, Art, Music and more.

Film Education Page

Picture Power 3

Software for pupils to create still image slide shows with supplied resources

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This robust but elegant software will stimulate pupils to create their own ‘still image movies’ or slideshows, complete with transitions, cropping, commentary and music. The program can be used with a whole class using a data projector and whiteboard, or in pairs in a network room.

Version 3 is re-written and includes 5 new ‘stories’ to add to the original five image banks.

Available as single-user and site licence for PC or Mac.

Poetry of the First World War

Interactive CD-ROM exploring English poetry of the First World War

An exploration of some of the most famous and varied poems written in response to the First World War including For the Fallen (Laurence Binyon), The Soldier (Rupert Brooke), Anthem for Doomed Youth (Wilfred Owen) and Attack (Siegfried Sassoon).

Film Education Products page

Suitable for: GCSE, A Level
Subject area: English, IC

Phone Call

Interactive CD-ROM that develops students’ understanding of film language by exploring editing and building narrative.

This interactive CD ROM develops students’ understanding of film language by exploring editing and building narrative through the creation of one scene. Working with a selection of rushes of a simple narrative shot in a number of different ways, students are tasked with cutting a sequence together which fulfills a certain brief- an actor receiving a phone call. Students are encouraged to explore not only the effects of the visual but also how sound and pacing can affect the message.

Suitable for: GCSE, A Level
Subject area: English, Media Studies, ICT

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