Re: Media teaching one more time;

From: JEFFREY PAULL (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Mar 19 2009 - 17:08:50 PDT

Hi, Francisco,

 In my earlier email had made a suggested teaching list,
       "If these are elementary school-middle school age kids, they need to learn stuff like..." . . (the rest of the email listed ideas of things to teach)
>And, Francisco, you answered, "That's the stuff they don't teach in film school."

I'm greatly intrigued by your comment, as I taught variations of that list in my Film Production classes at Art school - as part of art-experimental film -,
and at community college - as embellishment at job training -, and at university.
It seemed to work well. (Happenstance: last November I reconnected with a student from 1970, who gave me feedback.)

So, regarding, "That's the stuff they don't teach in film school."
 I have QUESTIONS: Do you mean they don't teach it in film school because its unnecessary?
                                   Because there are other more important things to teach?
                                   Might there still be some sort of place for at least some of it? Or not.
                                   How were you taught? Did you go to Film school?
Since I was a teacher - and you know how we can get stuck in ruts and time warps - time may have passed me by without me looking out the windows of my faux ivory tower.
I need to emphasize that I was passing along to my students, my version of how I was taught at Boston University from 1964 - 1969.
Maybe change takes longer to get here in Toronto and, as happens, sometimes, "I am the last to know.".

If you care to comment on any of this, I'm very interested in what you'd have to say.

Do you think anybody on FRAMEWORKS might be interested in dicussing issues around what's taught in Film programmes and what was missing?

Jeffrey Paull

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.