Film education is about developing not only a culture of film viewing but also a culture of film-making. The advent of digital film making has facilitated viewers to become makers more easily, but with the caveat that possession of a mobile phone doesn’t automatically make you Orson Welles! The links between these two experiences – using viewing as a way into making and then evaluating the viewing of what has been created is an interlinked process. Being creative with film is a fundamental way of understanding its form.
‘Being critical’ is the ability to understand and explore films in all their variety, and to develop a disposition by which we can continually question the ways in which film can affect us, move us, challenge and confront us.
In many ways the critical approach to film represents a dialogue between ourselves and the screen as well as a dialogue between the film-maker and their audience.
Through participating in both critical and creative processes and practices the overall aim of film education is to develop a film culture and a culture of film. Young people already have an experience of film but the aim of film education is to develop a competence of choice and understanding of film.
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