Introduction to Film & Video students have moved on to symbolism in film. Here they have learned how much of an impact symbolism can have on an audience. Symbolism can be expressed through a number of categories such as colors, sounds, objects and most importantly, the story. For example, objects. In the Godfather series, whenever oranges are shown on screen, death is being talked about or someone dies shortly after. Therefore, oranges symbolize death throughout the Godfather films. Even colors can have a huge impact on the audience. Costumes may represent true american heroes or the understanding of good vs. evil with light and dark clothes. Check out this video for a more thorough explanation of symbolism in film.
Students were instructed to create a video using their knowledge of symbolism in film. Music can play a large role on the manipulation of an audience. Groups were given a music track where they needed to express or symbolize that song in their video. The Intro students still needed to be aware of the technical aspect of creating a video (i.e. MS – Medium Shot, CU – Close Up, Rule of Thirds) while successfully representing their music. Check out some student work below.
PreK–12 STANDARD 1: Methods, Materials, and Techniques
1.9 Demonstrate the ability to create 2D and 3D works that show knowledge of unique characteristics of particular media, materials, and tools
1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work
1.12 Describe and apply procedures to ensure safety and proper maintenance of the workspace, materials, and tools
PreK–12 STANDARD 4: Drafting, Revising, and Exhibiting
4.9 Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, organize, and complete long-term projects, alone and in group settings
• Conceptualize: plan, generate ideas, make preliminary sketches, participate in discussions, imagine outcomes, and set goals;
• Organize: choose materials and techniques to attain the desired look and feel; maintain work space and personal schedule; review progress of work with others; and revise work appropriately;
• Complete: prepare work for presentation or exhibition
4.10 Demonstrate the ability to develop an idea through multiple stages, responding to criticism and self-assessment
4.11 Maintain a portfolio of artwork that demonstrates a progression of ideas and skills over time
PreK–12 STANDARD 5: Critical Response
5.9 Use published sources, either traditional or electronic, to research a body of work or an artist, and present findings in written or oral form
5.10 Critique their own work, the work of peers, and the work of professional artists, and demonstrate an understanding of the formal, cultural, and historical contexts of the work