Curriculum specialists Young Minds Inspired (YMI), in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is proud to present this newest addition to our series of study guides that focus on different branches of the Academy. In this guide, students will learn about documentaries. The kit has been designed for students in high school English, language arts, visual arts and communications classes. As former teachers, we know that these critical-thinking activities capitalize on students’ natural interest in current films and the excitement generated by the Academy Awards®.
The Academy, organized in 1927, is a professional honorary organization composed of more than 6,000 motion picture craftsmen and women. Its purposes include advancing the art and science of motion pictures, promoting cooperation among creative leaders for cultural, educational, and technological progress; recognizing outstanding achievements; and fostering educational activities between the professional community and the public. Academy members are the people who create movies—the cream of the industry’s actors, animators, art directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, film editors, documentarians, make-up artists, composers, producers, sound and visual-effects experts, writers and other contributors.
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This program has been designed for students in secondary school English, language arts, visual arts and communications courses.
- To enhance student interest in and knowledge about the motion picture development and production process
- To encourage students to use critical thinking as they learn how documentary filmmakers work
- To engage students in an exploration of film as an art form and a medium of communication.
- To help students become more visually literate.