Cardiff School of Education recently became a film set as PGCE English students worked with Simon Richards, from Into Film Cymru, in creating short suspense films. Through an exciting, enlightening and very enjoyable workshop, Simon helped the new teachers explore how film can be a creative and valuable way of studying aspects such as setting, character and narrative. Film and video is a hugely influential part of young people’s lives and so it is important that they can understand and ‘read’ it. The workshop also demonstrated strategies that will help the student teachers guide their learners in understanding how film works. Into Film is relevant to teachers from all subjects and age groups. Simon noted that: ‘Through our training sessions we hope to empower teachers to use one of the most engaging mediums, film, to help increase attainment and literacy outcomes and improve their creative skills.’
Their website is well worth a look – http://www.intofilm.org.