Documentary Filmmaking in the Classroom

Drawing on his experience as a film studies teacher, Richard talks us through the impact filmmaking can have in any classroom where students are routinely expected to be film-watching. Not only does filmmaking provide an engaging alternative to more traditional student activities, making film also provides students with opportunities to apply the critical tools of media literacy that are best developed from behind the camera. Drawing on examples from his students’ filmmaking in English, History, Geography, CAS and TOK and from the both MYP and the DP, Richard will argue that filmmaking ought to be a routine activity in everyone’s classroom.