Film Criticism. 2019, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p26-29. 4p.
BIOGRAPHICAL films, ANTHOLOGY films, and EXPERIMENTAL films
The article discusses the 1993 Canadian film "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould" by François Girard. It considers how the film embraces film tropes such as biographical films, anthology storytelling, and avant-garde movies in its focus on Canadian musician and pianist Glenn Gould.
Farfán, Gonzalo, Villafuerte, Jhonny, Romero, Asier, and Intriago, Eder
Pixel-Bit, Revista de Medios y Educacion. jul2017, Issue 51, p183-195. 13p.
Short films, Language acquisition, Higher education, Listening comprehension, Pronunciation, Intonation (Phonetics), and Self-evaluation
This comparative study aims to promote communicative skills: listening comprehension and oral expression in future English teachers, based on the filming as a communication and didactic tool. 105 students participate in a teacher training program in Ecuador. The 'intervention group' composed of 50 participants - produces short films in English - and by observing their productions participants detect the language errors committed, and work on their self-correction. The 'control group' composed of 55 participants, applies a didactic strategy based on the 'repetition of vocabulary' through internet applications. The Cambridge Press Knowledge Test (KET) is administered as a pre-test and post-test to measure: grammatical correction, intonation, pronunciation, linguistic register, and general and exact listening comprehension. The results show that all the participants improved the communicative competences in the second language, but greater fluency, clarity in the expressed ideas, and confidence in speaking on the participants who produced short films were observed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
CONTENT analysis, SHORT films, CLASSROOM activities, DIGITAL technology, and EDUCATIONAL technology
Reading and creating stories is a longstanding pedagogical approach to literacy learning in elementary school classrooms because stories offer personal and human experiences to which students can relate and respond. Stories, including digital forms such as short films, offer accounts of what it is to belong to a community and its worldviews and practices. Opportunities to identify, challenge, and respond to these views in the creation of their own texts develop in students broadened understandings of themselves and others. This teaching tip reports on Australian grade 6 students responding to messages they identified in a short film. The students used iPads to plan, create, and share stories that convey alternative perspectives on the messages they identified. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol 3, Iss 2, Pp 5-15 (2018)
representation, ideology, South Africa, Boer, war, zombie, historical film, Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology, and GN301-674
According to Roland Barthes, archetypical myths and folktales were used in the past to order chaos and gain insight into life. At present, it is mostly the media that represent certain ideologies and therefore directly or indirectly “give an insight” into the lives of the citizens of that society. Therefore, this article will focus on the role of the archetypical representation of the hero archetype in short films; and how this ideological representation “gives one an insight” into the society in which these films were created. The case studies selected for this article are three short films set against the backdrop of the Anglo-Boer War: Commando (2009), Bloedson (2013) and Adventures of the Boer War (2011–2014). The author uses narrative analysis combined with open-ended interviews conducted with the creators of the selected short films to analyse their intention to construct the hero archetype in a specific way. At the end of the article her argument is that these three case studies use avant-garde techniques to challenge the traditional way that the Boer hero is represented in Anglo-Boer War films. Through representing this archetypical hero in a different way, the filmmakers are demonstrating to us how South-African society has changed since the fall of Apartheid, although one does see in popular culture that some white Afrikaner are still yearning for their so-called “age of innocence”.
Iberoamericana. América Latina - España - Portugal, Vol 18, Iss 69, Pp 37-46 (2018)
Short film, Crisis, Politicization, Spain, History of Portugal, DP501-900.22, History of Spain, DP1-402, Latin America. Spanish America, F1201-3799, French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese literature, PQ1-3999, and Social Sciences
The article investigates the tension between private and public space that informs the dramatic and spatial structures of Spanish short films about the crisis. The plots of these films are often one-way passages from the inside to the outside that admit no turning back. Attempts to return to the abandoned private spaces fail and reveal that these spaces have changed. This transformation of private space symbolizes a crisis of identity that the films’ characters have to confront. In some films the characters fail if they remain on the inside, while those who accept the challenge are linked to the outside as a public sphere. Thus, two identities are interwoven with two representations of space: the inside corresponds to traditional middle-class values like individualism and hedonism, while the outside represents collective and political attitudes. Therefore, these short films can be viewed as an epic of the development of political awareness.