Francesca Romani

Videomaker

History of Cinema

This year I started a new adventure. I became a teacher and I love this job. Ambrit International School gave me the opportunity to teach to middle schoolers about my passion: History of Cinema. 

In History of Cinema Afterschool the kids learnt what "Cinematography" is, from the literal meaning as "moving images" to the grammar of it: the basic shots, some of the most important editing techniques, how to create a non flat character and how to make him follow the path of the hero. 

We made fun experiments with the predecessors of Cinema (and animated GIFs), such as Phenakistoscopes and Zoetropes and made a wager against Muybridge, the first scientist interested in moving images… and lost. 

We discovered how boring was the first cinema with the Lumiere Brothers shooting at their workers just exiting the factory, and then laughed at the very first narrative movie.

We touched a REAL film and shot a couple of short silent movies ourselves, just for fun, and we had our special Oscar Ceremony where everybody won something. 

From Melies to Fritz Lang, from Porter to Murnau, from Eisenstein to Dziga Vertov, we explored silent Cinema, watching extracts of various movies to understand the evolutions, the innovations, the different techniques, and the trends.

We had a special Halloween lesson about Horror movies in the Thirties and Fourties and also one about Disney.

Neorealism, Nouvelle Vague, and Underground Cinema were a necessary step to understand what Cinema can be with great ideas and little budgets, poor locations, non professional actors, natural light etcetera: exactly what we’re going to do in the next semester with Filmmaking Class.

But we also dreamt big with the Master of Directors Stanley Kubrick, and his perfectionism, and the modern big budget sagas and franchises.

Here a list of movies perfect for a family movie night.

 

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