New PDF release: Academic Films for the Classroom. A History

By Geoff Alexander

Exploring a realm of movie frequently brushed aside as campy or contrived, this booklet lines the heritage of school room academic movies from the silent period during the Eighties, while movie ultimately started to lose floor to video-based and electronic media. It profiles 35 person educational filmmakers who performed a job in bringing those approximately 110,000 16mm movies to school rooms throughout North the USA, paying specific recognition to auteur John Barnes and his principally missed physique of labor. different subject matters comprise: the creation businesses contributing to the expansion and improvement of the educational movie style; the complicated background of post-Sputnik, federally-funded academic projects which stimulated the expansion of the educational movie style; and the denouement of the style in study rooms and its resurgence on the web.

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As researcher Kenneth Kaye notes: [Fifteen million] men returned home after the war with a keen sense of what instructional films could do — and some of them had also been trained in their use. Many of these veterans became teachers. Others were active parents, school administrators, state legislators, even Congressmen. They did not need to be convinced that films were a good way to learn.... 27 Hollywood, the military, and educational film companies themselves were the three most significant entities engaged in instructional film prior to 1950.

The Formative Years of Educational Film 31 nearly all of whom will forever remain uncredited. 58 Promoting World Cultures: Julien Bryan and the International Film Foundation The International Film Foundation (IFF) was founded by photographer, writer, and cameraman Julien Hequembourg Bryan in 1945. Born in Titusville, Pennsylvania, in 1899, this son of an elder in the Presbyterian church became fascinated with stories told of other lands by traveling missionaries. At age 17, right out of high school, he joined the American Field Service for the French Army in World War I.

MR . MITCHELL: The ordinary school has access to the film through a variety of ways. In the State of Georgia, the cost would be practically zero, because in Georgia there is a tremendous State film library, centrally operated by the State, which makes these films available to schools on the payment of a nominal fee once a year and sends them to the school, postage paid both ways. 42 THE CHAIRMAN: What would be the cost of a projector, the sound box, and the screen? MR . 43 Mitchell, it can be surmised, did not want to scare the Senate at that delicate moment, refusing to suggest the scaled-up, realistic amounts of money it would cost to adequately One.

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