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Film props, costumes and memorabilia might not seem like the most obvious learning resource, but they can be a great way of helping young people to interpret film and other texts, while providing stimulus for engagement across the curriculum, and broadening a knowledge of possible career paths in the film industry. To learn more about these rich and inspirational resources, we spoke to Emma Lewis, General Manager of the London Film Museum.
There are many collections and exhibitions of film costume, props and memorabilia across the UK, many with online resources to enable teachers to work with artefacts and costume as a stimulus for learning in the classroom.
Bond in Motion is the official exhibition of James Bond vehicles that featured in the renowned film series. It is the largest display of its kind ever staged in London, and also features set models, storyboards, concept drawings, props and costumes from 23 Bond films, from the first, Dr. No, in 1962, through to 2012's Skyfall.
At London Film Museum we have visits from students from across the key stages, and teachers can use the familiar medium of film as a hook to stimulate creativity and enquiry. Introducing artefacts, whether three dimensional or images, into classroom learning can be equally as effective.
Carrying out an enquiry focused on a piece of film costume, memorabilia or a prop can form a cross-curricular study for primary pupils or support topics in the secondary curriculum. For example, many teachers work with our collection of Bond vehicles to teach Maths, Science, Design and Technology and Art. Film memorabilia such as advertising posters and marketing materials are a wonderful stimulus for English, both through the decoding and analysis of language and in supporting the development of writing skills. Focusing on the details of set, prop and costume design can also support students to decode film text and become more active film viewers, identifying and interpreting the meaning filmmakers create through the mise-en-scène. In turn, these skills can develop learners' abilities to decode meaning in written texts and create their own richer pieces of writing.
Bond in Motion is visited regularly by students interested in careers in the film and creative industries; a growing sector in the UK. Investigating film props, costume and memorabilia can inspire students to find out about the skills and roles required to produce major feature films like the Bond movies.
For more lesson and activity ideas to investigate careers in the film industry you may like to use Into Film's Careers in Film Primary and Careers in Film Secondary resources.
A cross-curricular resource that explores primary pupils' skill sets and applies them to a range of film industry careers.
Encouraging young people to think more deeply about how and why films are made through the artefacts in collections like Bond in Motion can help students to become higher-level thinkers. Students enjoy getting behind the scenes of the film world and understanding how films are made beyond the familiar roles of actors and directors. This depth of enquiry supports students to question the world around them and analyse how ideas are created and promoted in all areas of the media.
Visit London Film Museum and take part in the Into Film training session Filmmaking for Curricular Attainment, Tuesday 7 February 2017, 4.30pm 6.00pm. This session is for any teacher or educator of 7-14 year olds who would like to integrate simple filmmaking techniques into lessons or activities.
For more lesson and activity ideas to work with museum collections, take a look at our series of Reel to Real resources, developed in partnership with the V&A Museum, and our Into Archive: Past, Present, Future page, to support work with archive film from collections across the UK in a range of curriculum subjects.
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