Responding to the use of the term “Film Education”

Film, to many people, refers to a thin celluloid layer. In this sense, Citizen Kane on a DVD is not film. It may be movie, moving image, it may be cinema or, better, artistic audiovisual expression. Or, alternatively, right from the start of our final report, appealing to historical reasons, we may redefine “film” as an artistic audiovisual text, regardless of its storing technology.
A whole different discussion would also consider how films share common characteristics with other forms of artistic audiovisual expression (animation, video-art, creative recording etc) as well as other forms of audiovisual media expression (electronic journalism, advertising etc) which, undeniably, would contribute to the development of critical understanding.


Pencil Vs Mouse and Bullet Vs Cirlce

It seems that we are still struggling around basic concepts, objects and ideas. We are still at this intermediary state of being both analogue and digital, descriptive and visual.

Meeting desk with different writing media on.

Both pencil and mouse are still held by the same hands.

However , our very creative meeting for Creative Europe, managed to overcome its obstacles of language, rhythm, flight schedules ( towards 10 different cities in Europe) and mainly beliefs as to what film education is and can be for young people and educators.

A round table discussion on media literacy frameworks from 10 countries

A round table discussion on media literacy frameworks from 10 countries

Some of the questions we discussed were initiated by Ian Wall’s set of paradigms upon which we agreed and disagreed: do devices matter or not? What is the relationship of popular Vs art films and how could we use them? Is heritage the job of specialists or not? Should we develop sensitivity towards films or critical thinking and how? Do we prefer the idea of “choosing” e.g information, knowledge  etc or “discovering”? How necessary is reflexion? We all agreed and know about the positive “social” outcomes of media education, but what about the filmic ones? What’s the relationship of film literacy to media literacy? Should a framework for Film Education belong to a Life Long Learning concept? These and many other were the concepts that we discussed and finally after several slides of bullets, came to a harmonius agreement though a visual representation of a circle. We all look forward to seeing it and building a final proposal.

Michelle's proposal incorporated a whole day's ideas.

Michelle’s proposal incorporated a whole day’s ideas.

A Film Literacy framework with interesting connections

A Film Literacy framework with interesting connections