Film Viewing Guides

Getting Started
From Reel Conversations: Reading Film with Young Adults by Alan B. Teasley and Ann Wilder

After students have been introduced to the study of still and graphic images and to the three faces of film and film stills -- literary, dramatic, and cinematic -- they are ready to practice viewing film clips. Have students work with a partner or in viewing teams, focusing on one element at at time. Teasley and Wilder's classic templates for viewing notes guide students from passive to active viewing of film clips: