I have used this exercise with many, many students. It is a powerful activity that will encourage those new to film and challenge experienced filmmakers.
This resource introduces the challenge and provides guidance, resources and example to support your students in their task.
This Adobe Spark enables students to take the challenges and resources with them in an accessible form on thier smartphone.
Where this challenge really comes into it's own is when used with a group screening and discussion. I send students out to create. We all get back together and critically discuss eachothers work.
I have never failed to pull some valuable element for discussion out of a film. Even a collection of 'random shots' can be used to consider narrative and pace.
Make sure you let the students themselves talk as much as possible. Act as a 'guide on the side' and challenge your students with questions for discussion. For example:
- How do we feel the order of the clips created a narrative?
- Why did you choose to shoot the subject in this way?
- How does the sound effect the work?
These sessions can be great fun and as a lecturer very rewarding.
I am always humbled by the creativity of my students and this exercise challenges them to shine!