Slicing and Dicing: Using Video Editing Software to Teach Film


Session Abstract/Description: 

Current faculty in higher education are juggling the need to demonstrate that they are facilitating learning in their classes while increasingly being held accountable for also teaching information like “21st Century Literacies.” A variety of “media” and “digital” literacy lists and guidelines include things like describe, explain, and persuade with technology (Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2004; CWPA, 2008; NCTE, 2005; NCTE 2008).

Traditional film analysis pedagogy has students watching films, ideally a number of times, in order to learn basic elements of how films are constructed. However, newer technologies allow film students to break films down into smaller pieces as well as re-edit them. “Slicing and dicing” films in this way provides film students the opportunity to actively engage with the films and even produce their own examples about how specific films work as textual and cultural objects.

Students in an introductory film class were asked to participate in several slice and dice activities throughout the semester. After students participated in the activity, they were given a survey inquiring about their comfort with technology before and after the activity as well as their comfort in the use of formal elements. This presentation focuses on whether or not ‘slicing and dicing’ activities help students feel more confident about both traditional formal film analysis as well as various using digital technologies.


Pullen 110 (lab)

Building Location: 


Session E

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 8:30am to 9:45am