Saturday, April 25, 2009

Teacher's Guides from Motion Picture Academy

Since 2000, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with curriculum specialists Young Minds Inspired, has produced a series of teacher’s guides that explore the art and science of motion pictures. Each guide focuses on a specific aspect of filmmaking, such as animation, art direction, cinematography, documentaries, film editing, screenwriting, sound and music, and visual effects. The guides are targeted toward students in English, language arts, visual arts, science, and communication classes.

In February 2008 the Academy made available: “Costumes and Makeup: Character by Design.” Each of the participating high schools received a 20-page study guide, activity worksheets in English and Spanish, resource lists and take-home activities. It also included a DVD supplement (a component added to the kits starting three years ago with assistance from Acme Filmworks). It features movie clips, production footage and interviews with Academy Award nominees and winners talking about their crafts, their inspirations and their career paths.

This year’s DVD includes highlights from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Walk the Line,” “Dreamgirls” and “Marie Antoinette” for costume design, and “An American Werewolf in London,” “Dick Tracy,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” for makeup.

Click on the heading above to download PDF versions of the guides. Although the material is copyrighted, you may make as many photocopies as necessary to meet your needs.

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