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Educating Film-Makers

Past, Present and Future

A timely consideration of both the history and the current challenges facing practice-based film training, Educating Film-Makers is the first book to examine the history, impact, and significance of film education in Britain, Europe, and the United States. Film schools, the authors show, have historically focused on the cultivation of the filmmaker as a cultural activist, artist, or intellectual – fostering creativity and innovation. But more recently a narrower approach has emerged, placing a new emphasis on technical training for the industry. The authors argue for a more imaginative engagement and understanding of the broader social importance of film and television, suggesting that critical analysis and production should be connected. Examining current concerns facing practice-based film education in the digital era, this book is indispensable for film teachers and students alike. 

380 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2014

Education: Curriculum and Methodology

Film Studies

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Table of Contents


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Duncan Petrie and Rod Stoneman

Part One: The Development of Film Schools in Europe and North America

Duncan Petrie

Continental Film Schools: A Brief History of the ‘National Conservatoire’

American University Film Schools: A Changing Relationship with Hollywood

Part Two: British Film Schools

Duncan Petrie

The ‘Official’ State Institution: The National Film and Television School

The Private Institution: The London Film School

The Art School: The Royal College of Art

Beyond London: The Struggle for a Scottish Film School

Part Three: Provocations

Rod Stoneman


The Cultural Identity

The Academic and the Creative

The Ethics of the Sign

The Theories We Need

Digital Examination

Towards a Different Future



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