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In recent years with the development of really easy to use cameras and video capability on still cameras, phones and 'Ipads' video has become easier and easier to use in an educational setting.
It is a great opportunity for students to work together and involves lots of skills, including scripting, planning, filming and editing.
Digital Video: The Basics
The concept of making short films has been around a long time but has had a revival with innovative short film labels such as Future Shorts.
British Film Institute
The BFI does great work with young people and has lots of useful educational resources on their website. This booklet is particularly useful.
Here is an example of a film made by Modern Foreign Languages students that I love.
Lots of schools are using film making in a range of subject areas. I worked with the English PGCE course at the IOE and the London Nautical School to make a series of short films in a day with the stimulus of the Ancient Mariner.