Film and Non-Fiction

We looked at various aspects of film and non fiction in this, our latest training day. I shared Tasty.co as a great site for instructional films based on recipes.

We used iMovie to create our own instructional films that featured lots of the techniques used in the Tasty videos. Here are some examples.


We learnt how to use filming techniques in interviews using approaching shots, green screening and cutaways. Cutaways are one of the hardest things we ask children to do. Here Philip drones on excites us all with his tale of breaking a seat at Elland Road whilst Shannele struggles to stay awake. This type of shot would actually be used to cut away from the speaker to add variety and to join different shots of the speaker together. In news reports we often see a nodding reporter or a close up of scribbling on a notepad.

About Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.
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