EDUCATION PROGRAMS

For more information about booking a workshop or field trip, contact Education Coordinator Laura Beeman Nugent at 318.459.4112 or lnugent@robinsonfilmcenter.org.


Workshops & Field Trips

English-Language Arts Programs

The Novel Experience
Recommended for English, film, drama classes
Grades 6-12

During one classroom session, students reading one of our selected novels or short stories learn to adapt one chapter into a short film. Students compare and contrast literary and cinematic terms, study how a novel’s story gets adapted into a one-page screenplay, and film and act in a short film. RFC education coordinator edits the footage during class and screens the final product with the students. (Please choose a work of literature from our list of titles.)

From Stage to Screen
Recommended for English, film and drama classes
Grades 6-12

In a modified version of The Novel Experience, students learn about the process of adapting a stage play into a film. Students compare the benefits and limitations of both stage productions and film productions. They discover how to best utilize the resources of filmmaking to transform a play for the big screen, as well as how to use the camera as a storytelling tool. (Please choose a work from our list of titles.)

Shakespeare in the Movies
Recommended for English, film and drama classes
Grades 6-12

This program is like From Stage to Screen but tailored specifically for plays by William Shakespeare. RFC’s education coordinator takes students on a journey through the history of Shakespeare on film, leads students in comparing and contrasting different filmmakers’ takes on the selected play, and directs the students in filming their own short movie based on a scene from one of our selected plays. (Please choose a work from our list of titles.)

Screenwriting Workshop
Recommended for film, drama, English and creative writing classes
Grades 6-12

In this workshop, students learn the basics of writing for film, such as character development, the three-act structure, how to write dialogue, and the proper format for a screenplay. Students watch examples of how screenwriting translates to the screen, then work on some short writing exercises independently, and finally collaborate as a class to write a one-page screenplay based on their in-class writing.

Film Studies Programs

Film Pioneers: Innovations of Sound and Color in Early Cinema
Recommended for film, drama, history and fine arts classes
Grades 2-12

With this multimedia presentation, students learn about the origins of cinema and experience, through classic film clips, early experiments with synchronized sound and color. Students travel through time from the first experiments in moving pictures in the 1600s, to the invention of film in the late nineteenth century, to the slapstick comedy classics of the late 1930s.

The Movie Musical
Recommended for film, drama, music, fine arts and history classes
Grades 2-12

When The Jazz Singer premiered in 1927 as the first talking picture and Al Jolson said, “You ain’t heard nothing yet,” the movie musical was born. In this multimedia presentation, students study the work of musical greats like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland and Julie Andrews. Students tackle such questions as, “How does a film musical differ from a stage musical?”, “How have movie musicals evolved from 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain to 2012’s Les Misérables?”, “How has La La Land embraced the movie musical genre expectations?”

Understanding the Oscars
Recommended for film and art classes
Grades 6-12

This series, written by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, dissects the Oscar categories and explores the art and science of movies. The activities are designed to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking and to develop visual literacy skills. Lessons are offered on the following topics: animation, cinematography, costumes and make-up, documentaries, film editing, media literacy, screenwriting, sound and music, and visual effects.

Social Studies Programs

Southern Cinema: Over a Century of Louisiana Films
Recommended for Louisiana history and film classes
Grades 8-12

From silent films to Steel Magnolias, this program covers all the famous films made in Louisiana plus many you’ve probably never heard of. Students also tackle such questions as “What sets our state apart from other filming locations?” “Why might today’s filmmakers choose to bring their productions to Louisiana?” and “What does all this mean for those of us who live here?”

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials
Recommended for American history, civics and film classes
Grades 6-12

From the Museum of the Moving Image comes a lesson on presidential campaign ads that teaches students to think analytically about the visual messages they see. In The Living Room Candidate, students examine the historical context of former political ads, evaluate what makes an effective political ad, and learn how to be critical viewers of presidential campaign commercials by analyzing the use of images and sounds.

Elementary School Programs

Programs Fairy Tales on Film
Recommended for all language arts classes as well as Gateway, Discoveries and AIM classes
Grades 2-5

This multimedia program is designed specifically for grades 2-5. Students hear a short history of fairy tales and learn the “ingredients” that go into all fairy tales. They are then challenged to recognize these fairy tale ingredients in film clips of non-traditional fairy tale films. The program ends with students taking the ingredients they have learned and cooking up their own original fairy tale on an RFC storyboard.

Cinemagic: The Films of George Melies
Recommended for all language arts classes as well as Gateway, Discoveries and AIM classes
Grades 2-5

Known as the father of special effects, George Melies invented many camera tricks that are still used today. In Cinemagic, students view several of Melies’ fanciful films and then try out some of his movie magic tricks such as making someone disappear into thin air! Our RFC education coordiantor teaches students how to use simple effects invented by Melies. This program pairs well with a study of the book or film Hugo.


Teen Film Council

RFC's Teen Film Council offers students in grades 10-12 an in-depth study of cinema. This year's program runs through April 2016, with the group meeting Mondays from 4:15-6:15 p.m. Students will produce and debut short films that answers the same question: “How do minority voices inspire social change?”

The Teen Film Council’s goals are to a) explore film history; b) co-program a film series; c) attend a variety of arts offerings in the Shreveport/Bossier community; d) develop filmmaking skills; and e) learn to create, lead and speak as a team of artists. 

Sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana.


Summer Film Camps

Check back in April 2019 for our latest Summer Film Camp offerings, opened to students who have completed graded 3rd through 12th.  Enrollment is first-come, first-serve and space is limited. All fees must be paid in advance to reserve a space for your student.