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Films are Stories of course! So there is no trouble here.
We are all familiar with the elements of a written story – a narrative.

So, how CAN the elements of a Narrative be interpreted through Film?

The author, through the narrative, gives WRITTEN descriptions of the story.
To translate this into film, the filmmaker takes the narrative and translates it into FILM LANGUAGE,
this requires a knowledge of basic storytelling techniques/devices used film.
The Filmmaker visualises all aspects of the film and decides how best to represent the author’s intention.

The Filmmaker TRANSLATES the WRITTEN narrative into the VISUAL narrative.

Here are some ideas to get you started, in no particular order:

Setting – Extreme Wide Shot - EWS Through an EWS we can establish the location, time of day, culture,
climate and much more.

Character/s Wide Shot - WS to establish the physical characteristics and
Close-ups - CU can be used for Emotions.

Plot – Is propelled by using camera moves such as tracking, panning and tilting, and later
by editing to match the pace of the story.

Conflict – This is enhanced by quick action shots, Steadicam, and fast-paced cutting in the editing room.

Point of View – POV Is provided by the camera angle and position. The point of view POV,
can be seen through the eyes of one of the characters, or omnipresent from all points of view.

We could also add
Mood – Which is supported by the music and SFX. It might be epic, calming, active, uplifting,
energetic, sad, melancholy, humorous, suspenseful, dark, or pensive etc.

And of course “ban the boring” as they say in The Seven Steps of Writing

In the words attributed to the master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
“Drama is real life with the dull bits cut out”.

And this is the job of a good editor.


 is real life with the dull bits cut out.  


Explore the Virtual Teacher Website here are some 


resources you will love. Click on the PUSH button to see more fabulous links.

Making Movies

The Language of Film
Basic Camera Shots
Camera Angles
Camera Movement
Light, Colour & Sound

Archival Site

Original VT site first published in 1998
Includes Articles
Is there a Doctor in the Mouse?
& Writer’s Block


If we let science do the talking you'd hear that the brain is a real sucker for visual information.
JIU University


Virtual Field Trip Amazon Forest
View it here Introduce your students to the layers of the rainforest and the animals who live there. Explore the adaptations that have evolved over time.

Mind Candy

The Starfish Story
An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer.
"It made a difference for that one."

Apps & iPads

Zig Zags, Robots, Sphero Knievel
Online Games


Fabulous Maths websites  to explore.
Great Videos
Splendid apps.
Exploding Dots
- one of my favourites

Doing STEM well, is hard and focused work,

will the kids be happy to work hard?

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