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POV (Perspective) In Film

Frank Baker

media educator [email protected]

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POV (Perspective) In Film

“Movies are a door to knowledge — knowledge of society, knowledge of history, knowledge of art…..movies (taught to) students (makes them)think critically about film and provides them with a deeper understanding of this uniquely influential art form.”

Martin ScorseseFilm director

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POV (Perspective) In Film

"If video is how we are communicating and persuading in this new century, why aren't more students writing screenplays as part of their schoolwork?"

Heidi Hayes JacobApril 2004

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Teaching with/about film

Standards for the English Languagesponsored by NCTE & IRA

6.  Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.

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Teaching with/about film

College Board: Standards for College Success

Media literacy is the critical consumption of mass communication. The term criticalhere means more than criticizing the messages..it refers to critical thinking, which involves the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms…

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Teaching with/about film

National Middle School Film Study Standards

  • Film language

  • Historical and cultural contexts

  • Production and creative expression

  • Viewers’ response & aesthetic valuing

  • Cross curricular connections

    Source: Story of Movies

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Teaching with/about film

Mid-Continent Regional Ed Lab (McRel)Grades 6-8

  • Understands how symbols, images, sound,

    and other contentions are used in visual


  • Understands aspects of media production

    and media distribution

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Teaching with/about film

Revised SC ELA Standards (2007)

Guiding Principle 8

An effective English language arts

curriculum provides for literacy in all forms

of media.

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Teaching with/about film

“Movies, advertisements, and all other visual media are tools teachers need to use and media we must master if we are to maintain our credibility in the coming years.”

Jim Burke, inThe English Teacher’s Companion

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The Language of Film



  • SOUND (includes music)

  • EDITING (post production)


  • ACTORS: expression; wardrobe

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The Language of Film

  • CAMERAPoint of view is accomplishedby where the director decidesto position the camera

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POV in “Over the Hedge”

Making of video

POV scene

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Understanding camera angles

Image from

Jack & The Beanstalk

Where is the camera?

From whose perspective?

What does it mean?

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POV in “Brothers Grimm Series”

Ashpet: An American Cinderella

Clip is from the series

“Making Grimm Movies