Refresh: Reinvigorating Film and Media Teaching in the Digital Age
Wed 26 June, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
This one-day event aims to bring together primary, secondary, FE, HE and the exhibition sector working in film and media education to network, share best practice and update on contemporary theory, technology and skills. Film and media literacy enables students to gain real world skills and the critical edge that make them employable in today’s rapidly changing media environment. Yet arts and humanities subjects are becoming increasingly marginalised in a national context in which the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects are more valued in both schools and universities. Now is the time to unite across the continuum of film and media education, to celebrate the diversity of critical approaches and refresh our skills in the digital age.
Download programme pdf here.
10-10.30 Registration – Waterside 3
10.30-1pm Plenary – Waterside 3
- Charlotte Crofts, “the value of teaching film” – UWE Film Studies / Digital Cultures Research Centre, brief welcome and introduction.
- Cathy Poole, “unlocking the arts for children” – as Education Officer at The Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon and convenor of MoviES (Moving Image Education Specialists) Cathy will talk about her work with the Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts, START programme (http://www.curzon.org.uk/content/public/main/Learning.aspx)
- Dann Casswell, “raising aspirations” – BBC Talent Ticket, in partnership with UWE Bristol, is designed to support learners who wish to study media programmes at university or who wish to work in the media industry. (http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/thepartnershipuniversity/helpingraiseaspirations.aspx)
- Nikki Christie, “nurturing the talent of tomorrow” – BFI Film Academy is a unique free opportunity for young people aged 16 – 19, giving participants insider knowledge on what it’s like to work in film. (http://www.bfi.org.uk/education-research/5-19-film-education-scheme-2013-2017/bfi-film-academy)
1-2.00pm Networking lunch & Tweet Chat: #refreshevent – Waterside 2
2-3pm CPD Sessions – choose from:
1. Introduction to iPad Filmmaking (Charlotte Crofts, UWE) – Waterside 2
A practice-led workshop on how to use the built-in iPad camera and iMovie App to create simple trailers, for younger children. Bring your own iPad and download iMovie for iPad https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8. Remember to charge your iPad, bring charger and ensure there’s enough storage space to record clips. There’s free WiFi at Watershed_Open – no password required.
2. Introduction to DSLR Filmmaking 1 (Sy Taffel) – Waterside 3
3. *Pecha Kucha – ‘Sharing Best Practice’ (chaired by Susan Hughes, UWE) – PMStudio Event Space
Neil Jordan’s 1992 film The Crying Game usefully exemplifies two interlinked, but highly distinctive, approaches to studying British cinema; firstly, the economics and institutional structures of the British film industry; and secondly, British films that represent a dominant British national identity for a global market and/or films that contest the meanings of ‘Britishness’ within the home nation.
This session aims to use The Crying Game to signpost the scholarship and debates emerging from these approaches.
3-4pm CPD Sessions – choose from:
5. iPad Filmmaking 2 (Charlotte Crofts, UWE) – Waterside 2
A practice-led workshop on using the 8mm App and iMovie to create simple videos, for younger children. Including basic transitions and sound design. Bring your own iPad and download the 8mm App https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/8mm-for-ipad/id441875100?mt=8 and iMovie for iPad https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8.
6. Hands-on DSLR Filmmaking 2 (Sy Taffel) – Waterside 3
A practice-led workshop which will explore working in low light, experimenting with depth of field, picture style settings, interview techniques and a comparison with traditional HD video camera. You can either follow on from the earlier workshop or come if you’ve already had some experience with DSLR cameras.
7. *Pecha Kucha – ‘The Value of Teaching Film and Media’ (chaired by Jeanette Sakel, UWE) – PMStudio Event Space
Same format as the earlier slot, but different topic – why is what we do important? Why should the government continue to fund and support film and media education in all its forms? What is the impact of teaching film and media? Can you talk about this for just under 7 minutes? You can download a Pecha Kucha PowerPoint template here: http://newlearning.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/pecha-kucha-template/ *If you are interested in presenting a Pecha Kucha please select the GIVING A PRESENTATION ticket and then email us your title to email@example.com. Places are limited to five presentations per time slot. Please use the PowerPoint template in the link provided and bring your presentation on a USB stick on the day. If you just want to be in the audience of the Pecha Kucha session the please select the AUDIENCE ONLY ticket.
8. Mediated Lives: Harnessing Students’ Own Media Use (Michelle Henning – Media Culture Practice, UWE) – PMStudio Meeting Room
What can social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram teach us about the ways in which students learn, understand and interact with media? This session will draw on recent critical debates about new media and how these can be explored through students’ own media use. In particular, we will focus on the ways in which new technologies enable media to be all pervasive, and to reshape everyday experience and social interactions.
We will also address how skills gained through use of apps, social and online media, blogging and games can be tapped into for media production projects, and the creativity students use in these contexts can be recognised and valued. In the second half of the session we will share examples of best practice, ideas for projects (both creative and research projects) and case-studies.
4.30-5pm Final Plenary discussion
Tweet Chat 1-2pm GMT: #refreshevent
Organised by Dr Charlotte Crofts (UWE Film Studies), with funding from UWE Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education Widening Participation and support from the Digital Cultures Research Centre. Thanks to: Nick Triggs, Hannah Higginson, Andrew Gove, Jess Linington, UWE student volunteers, young people from Knowle West Media Centre, Watershed Events team and all the presenters.