Jack Kenny encounters a school's essential companion to exploring and making movies – 'Making Movies Make Sense'
Making Movies Make SenseThere is a powerful case to be made for teaching all students about video and film: collaborative working; encouraging logical thought; revealing the pervasive and persuasive power of technology; culturally rich; universal language; motivating. And it gives an understanding of the most powerful medium in most of our lives.  

Video technology is now available in most phones and every tablet: shouldn’t  we encourage students to go well beyond point and shoot? Six seconds on Vine is not enough. Creating intelligent, well structured video is extremely relevant to the lives of most students. Isn’t that the real literacy now?

Making Movies Make Sense is a DVD from Media Education Wales and Cineclub that will take teachers and students  a long way into both the understanding of film and the creation of video. The basic structure of the disk is focused on how to make video and how video works. On the disk the key principles are defined as camera, lighting, sound and editing and each one of those is explained clearly.

The DVD contains worksheets, production and post-production ideas, activities for learning about film, video for editing, tips about sound and lists of recommended films that are technically interesting.  There is a website link to explore more ideas.

So who is this disk aimed at?  Key stage 2 and upwards, although some of the examples for future work are more suitable for key stage 3 and higher.

It is difficult to think how the disk could be improved on: maybe more activities, maybe more examples, or more clips for editing. As it stands though,  this is a superb introduction to all aspects of film. It should be in every school and used in every school.

Ratings (out of 5)
Fitness for purpose   5
Ease of use               4
Features                   4
Quality                      5
Value for money       5

Making Movies Make Sense 
Media Education Wales and Cineclub DVD with materials and resources – "an interactive resource to help you run film viewing and filmmaking activities with children and young people". For Mac OS X and Windows XP or later. Requires DVD drive, sound card and speakers, 512Mb memory (RAM), inimum screen resolution 1024×768, 560Mb hard disc space. Practice clips require video-editing software and sufficient available disc space (MP4 232Mb, AVI 1.33Gb, MOV 1.38Gb). An internet connection is needed to access online resources and web links. Printable resources require Adobe Reader, Mac Preview or other PDF reader.
UK price is £62.99 (includes £3 p&p) and licence allows for installation on all computers across a single site.
The material is also available for iPad. App is £1.99 with 50 per cent volume discount for educational institutions.

Jack KennyJack Kenny is a freelance writer and acting chair of examiners for GCE English with Edexcel. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.