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Film Making



Focus Questions

  1. Explain the time and money that goes into creating some special effects.
  2. To be good at special effects, it helps to be…
  3. How did Josh get into film making?
  4. Why does he like to use clay to make movies?
  1. Describe the stop motion technique.
  2. What is filmmaker Douglas Trumbull famous for?
  3. What does he describe as the similarities between his work and Josh’s?
  4. Do you think special effects have become an important part of movies?Explain your answer.
  5. Record what you now know about special effects since watching the Moviemagic story?

10. The BtN ‘MovieMagic’ story is an example of a

a) Recount b) Procedure c) Argument d) Report

Movie magic

Negotiate with students how many activities they will need to complete from each section.

Remember and Understand

What do the following words mean? Animation, CGI, claymation, special effects, stop motion, storyboard.

Create a trivia quiz about special effects. Give it to another student to try.

Find out about the history of special effects from the 1890’s to the present day and record on a timeline. What do you think is the future of special effects?

Apply and Analyse

Investigate blue screen technology (also known as chroma key or green screen). What is it and how does it work? The Behind the News website has some information about it in the Behind, Behind the News video http://www.abc.net.au/btn/page/page-behindbtn.html Give examples of how it is used in movies.

Choose a film that uses special effects. Write a review of the film focussing on how effective the special effects were. Also include a synopsis of the film (summary of the plot without giving too much away). Rate the special effects (star rating out of 5).

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