This site hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences offers teaching guides to develop skills in screenwriting cinematography, film editing, art direction, animation, sound and music, documentaries, and visual effects. The site hopes to direct students' interest in current films to activities in creative thinking and creative writing.
Published by Young Minds Inspired and the Academy of Motion Pictures in 2008
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How has films affected the lives of Americans?
What makes a movie great?
Think about the movies that you own. Pick your five favorites and discuss why they are your favorites.
Which movie character do you think is most like you.
Extension and Activities
A story has to begin with a strong character, whether hero or villain. The central character has a conflict or has to learn a lesson leading to the climax of the story. The story resolves in the resolution at the end. Choose your favorite childhood story and adapt it to a three act screenplay using the above three stages of a story.
Consider using one or more of the activities from the Visual Effects portion of the website to demonstrate how movies use visual effects to trick the eyes in order to form images and ideas in the mind.
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