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Santa Claus in Baghdad

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We are exploring some activities for using this film with children:


Lesson 1: Freeze Frame.

Lesson 2: Top and Tail

Lesson 3: Spot the Shots

Lesson 4: Character Wheel

study_guide by Producer


                                                                                             Santa Claus in Baghdad Study Guide


Pupils should learn that:


● Every element of a visual image can carry meaning.


● Visual images can be ‘read’ like other texts


● The position of elements within the image, the colours used, and the lighting, can all affect interpretation.


● Camera distance (eg close-up, long shot etc), camera angle and camera movement all affect meaning.


● The number and order of shots affect meaning.


● Title sequences identify the text and ‘sell’ it to audiences; they may be very explicit about the text’s genre, content, audience and purpose or they may disguise this to provoke curiosity.


● Many roles may contribute to the production of a moving image text and can affect its content, style and meaning.


The number, sequence and duration of shots in a moving image sequence all contribute to its meaning and are created in the editing process.


● Screen time and ‘story time’ are usually different: the editing process ‘manages’ the story time for us.


● Each new shot should provide new information or impressions: shot changes are not merely ‘to keep viewer interest’.


● The pace and rhythm of editing and the types of transition used also contribute to meaning.


● Sound transitions may not match shot transitions: in drama especially they may anticipate them and this can function to

maintain or develop moods such as suspense.


● Certain kinds of shot sequence are highly conventional eg shot/reverse shot in a conversation or interview; or a character

looking off-screen being followed by a shot of what they are looking at.




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