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RFC Education Programs 2013-2014

Our programs offer teachers and students opportunities to collaborate with the Robinson Film Center in many ways. Below are brief descriptions of our programming offerings that are presented at RFC. Contact Meghan Hochstetler, education director, to find out about pricing or to book a field trip: 318.459.4111, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

English-Language Arts Programs

The Novel Experience

Recommended for:
English, film and drama classes
Grades 6-12

During one session, students reading one of our selected novels or short stories learn to adapt one chapter into a short film. Students compare and contrast literary and cinematic terms, study how a novel’s story gets adapted into a one-page screenplay, and film and act in a short film. RFC media educator edits the footage during the field trip and screens the final product with the students. (Please choose a work of literature from our list of titles.)

Download the lesson plan here.

From Stage to Screen

Recommended for:
English, film and drama classes
Grades 6-12

In a modified version of The Novel Experience, students learn about the process of adapting a stage play into a film. Students compare the benefits and limitations of both stage productions and film productions. They discover how to best utilize the resources of filmmaking to transform a play for the big screen, as well as how to us the camera as a storytelling tool. (Please choose a work from our list of titles.)

Shakespeare in the Movies

Recommended for:
English, film and drama classes
Grades 6-12

This program is like From Stage to Screen, but tailored specifically for plays by William Shakespeare. RFC’s media educator takes students on a journey through the history of Shakespeare on film, leads students in comparing and contrasting different filmmakers’ takes on the selected play, and directs the students in filming their own short movie based on a scene from one of our selected plays. (Please choose a work from our list of titles.)

Screenwriting Workshop

Recommended for:
Film, drama, English and creative writing classes
Grades 6-12

In this workshop, students learn the basics of writing for film, such as character development, the three-act structure, how to write dialogue, and the proper format for a screenplay. Students watch examples of how screenwriting translates to the screen, then work on some short writing exercises independently, and finally collaborate as a class to write a one-page screenplay based on their in-class writing.

Film Studies Programs

Understanding the Oscars®

Recommended for:
Film classes
Grades 6-12

This series, written by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences dissects the Oscar categories and explores the art and science of movies. The activities are designed to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking and to develop visual literacy skills. Lessons are offered on the following topics: animation, cinematography, costumes and make-up, documentaries, film editing, media literacy, screenwriting, sound and music, and visual effects.

Film Pioneers: Innovations of Sound and Color in Early Cinema

Recommended for:
Film, drama, history and fine arts classes
Grades 2-12

With this multimedia presentation, students learn about the origins of cinema and experience, through classic film clips, early experiments with synchronized sound and color. Students travel through time from the first experiments in moving pictures in the 1600s, to the invention of film in the late nineteenth century, to the slapstick comedy classics of the late 1930s.

The Movie Musical

Recommended for:
Film, drama, music, history and fine arts classes
Grades 2-12

When The Jazz Singer premiered in 1927 as the first talking picture and Al Jolson said, “You ain’t heard nothing yet,” the movie musical was born. In this multimedia presentation, students study the work of musical greats like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland and Julie Andrews. Students tackle such questions as, “How does a film musical differ from a stage musical?” and “How have movie musicals evolved from 1952’s Singin' in the Rain to 2012’s Les Misérables?”

Southern Cinema: Over a Century of Louisiana Films

Recommended for:
Louisiana history and film classes
Grades 8-12

From silent films to Steel Magnolias, this program covers all the famous films made in Louisiana plus many you’ve probably never heard of. Students also tackle such questions as “What sets our state apart from other filming locations?” “Why might today’s filmmakers choose to bring their productions to Louisiana?” and “What does all this mean for those of us who live here?”

Elementary School Programs

Cinemagic: The Films of George Melies

Recommended for:
All language arts classes as well as Gateway, Discoveries and AIM classes 
Grades 2-5

Known as the father of special effects, George Melies invented many camera tricks that are still used today. In Cinemagic, students view several of Melies’ fanciful films and then try out some of his movie magic tricks such as making someone disappear into thin air! Our RFC media educator teaches students how with simple effects invented by Melies. This program pairs well with a study of the book or film Hugo.

Fairy Tales on Film

Recommended for:
All language arts classes as well as Gateway, Discoveries and AIM classes
Grades 2-5

This multimedia program is designed specifically for grades 2-5. Students hear a short history of fairy tales and learn the “ingredients” that go into all fairy tales. They are then challenged to recognize these fairy tale ingredients in film clips of non-traditional fairy tale films.

Download lesson plan here.

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