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I’m not going to say from a teachers point of view that this is an easy task, but it really can be an amazing task for ESL students to:
- help improve their English
- Improve their writing skills
- Improve their group dynamics
- Understand and appreciate the films they already watch
BUT FIRSTLY: Keep your expectations low!!!
…and now this is how I would recommend you set up a lesson for this task.
Period of time: 6 days to make the film
STEP 1: Show all students a short 1 minute film or film clip from a well known movie.
STEP 2: Analyse the movie as to where the camera is placed in the shots
STEP 3: Put the class into groups of 4
STEP 4: Tell students they will be make a short film with their mobile phones.
STEP 5: Students need to write together short script
STEP 6: Students will try to use at least 5 different kinds of shots in the filming process
Day 3 and 4:
STEP 7: Students will decide who will be the actors and who will be the director
STEP 8: Students will rehearse their script without filming
STEP 9: Students will film their script in order of the action (edit if possible, but not always necessary if there is only one take)
STEP 10: Students will present the movie back to the class
STEP 11: class will give feedback on what is effective and ideas of how they could have made it more effective
Just a reminder, we don’t expect the movies to be amazing Spielberg masterpieces, but, you will be amazed at what they do get out of it.
I would also recommend that after they make the first movie, that you get them to do the whole thing all over again next week or give them a homework assignment. The reason I say this is that when someone creates something for the first time, they learn a lot, and make a lot of mistakes, so they need another opportunity to make the movie again without mistakes to show how much they have learned.
All the best!!
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