“At last, a way of using the children’s interest in TV positively. Calling the Shots! offers a rich, fun, interesting and innovative educational experience. It’s great to offer pupils a modern and fresh look at developing their writing.” Sally Powell, KS2 Teacher
Calling the Shots! provides a new approach to creative writing – using TV and film techniques to engage and inspire children. Written by Nick Handel – a hugely experienced TV producer who now devotes his time to working with children – Calling the Shots! will enthuse even your most reluctant writers. The resource includes a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide, a DVD containing original high-quality films (sample film at the bottom of this page) and access to a bank of online resources.
- Provides a completely new way for children to think about fiction writing – showing them how to use filmic devices to create original, attention-grabbing stories. You can see some examples of children’s work here.
- Allows you to turn TV into a force for good. Convert children’s fascination with TV and film into a love of writing
- Engage children who may not normally be enthusiastic writers
- Contains all the teaching notes, worksheets and video stimulus material you will need
- Is fully matched to the revised National Curriculum and includes grammar focus sections throughout, to ensure that both technical and creative writing skills are developed
Calling the Shots! is the distillation of many workshops run by Nick in UK primary schools, so you can be sure that the ideas here are completely classroom-tested. And if nothing else will convince you that this is worth £50 of your literacy budget, wouldn’t you like to be the teacher who can legitimately set watching TV as homework?
Unit 1: Shots as the Building Blocks of Film
Unit 2: Connecting Captions
Unit 3: Different Types of Shot
Unit 4: Lighting
Unit 5: Picturing Shots
Unit 6: Six-Shooters
Unit 7: On Location
Unit 8: Writing Characters
Unit 9: Directing Characters
Unit 10: Use of Sound
Unit 11: Stage Directions to Inspire Creative Writing
Unit 12: Consolidation of the Techniques Covered So Far
Unit 13: High and Low Angles
Unit 14: Movement and Action Sequences
Unit 15: Going Solo
Unit 16: Let’s Write a Movie
Unit 17: A Beginner’s Guide to Practical Movie-Making
Here’s Film 2 from the DVD, which is used in Unit 1. To see a sample of the book click here.