Tools of the Visual Storyteller

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Introduction

This lesson will enable the students to see how the techniques of cinematography they've learned about are used to tell stories. The students will analyze movie clips that have no dialogue and determine how the story is told through shot composition, editing, and other visual elements.

Students will also begin to understand that just as artists who work in other visual art forms do, creators of movies and TV shows use the elements of art-the components used to create works of art, such as line, color, and shape-and principles of design-concepts relating to how the elements of art are arranged, such as balance, contrast, and rhythm.

This lesson will use the definitions and descriptions given in the attached handout as students analyze the use of art elements and design principles in movies and TV shows.

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Lesson Time

Looking Carefully (done outside of class)
40 Minutes
Analyzing a Movie Clip #1
30 Minutes
Analyzing a Movie Clip #2
15 Minutes
Analyzing a Movie Clip #3
15 Minutes
Part 1 of Focusing on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design
40 Minutes
Part 2 of Focusing on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design
50 Minutes
Intro to Weekly Critique Assignment
20 Minutes
Weekly Critique Assignment (done outside of class)
40 Minutes

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