TAS: Deeper into Film Style and Form

Programs for Teachers
Chicago Teachers as Scholars
Thursday, December 1, 2011 to Friday, December 2, 2011

9 am - 3 pm

Room B92

This seminar will offer a crash course in the vocabulary and the interpretive skills involved in making meaning out of film style and form, including lighting, framing, camera angles, editing, and sound. These lessons will be conducted in two specific classroom contexts in which teachers are likely to assign films to their students. On the first day, we will consider how attention to form and style complicates the relationship between literary texts and the movies adapted from them, using the work of Henry James and Edith Wharton as guiding examples. On the second day, we will explore specific ways of using films from other countries not just to open students’ eyes to other cultures, but to test different ways of thinking about shared global issues. For this lesson, we will use commercially available short films about 9/11 from the Middle East, West Africa, South America, and the U.S. as our primary illustrations, covering a range of dramatic, comedic, and documentary styles.

Seminar led by Nicholas Davis, Northwestern University

To access seminar readings go to http://publications.newberry.org/teacherdocs/tas

Chicago Teachers as Scholars is a program exclusively for Chicago Public Schools teachers.

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