Educating Film-makers (Book)

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 film-maker 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 both film teachers and students alike.

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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 film-maker 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 both film teachers and students alike.

Duncan Petrie is professor of film and television at the University of York. Rod Stoneman is director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at National University of Ireland, Galway.

Introduction – 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

Prologue
The Culture Industry
The Academic and the Creative
The Ethics of the Sign
The Theories We Need
Digital Examination
Towards a Different Future

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