Evaluation using film

Evaluation and assessment of film education tends to be represented in language - in written reports, exam answers, Powerpoint presentations. But it makes sense if the medium itself could be used to represent and reflect on some of the outcomes of a film education programme or activity.

Evaluation using film

Here we feature a video made to evaluate (and record and celebrate) a visual literacy project in Greece, in which a community of migrant families living in temporary accommodation were shown how to take photographic portraits of each other.

The film demonstrates the advantages of using the moving image to record and reflect on the experience of taking part in a project like this: even though the actual project was on still photography, rather than the moving image, there are enough overlaps with film in terms of technique (lighting, framing, composition) and content (portraiture) for us to feel it rewards a closer inspection.

The film is 12 minutes long, and is worth watching in its entirety; but if you have less time, even the first 5 minutes will reveal how film can be used to assess and evaluate.


Watch the opening 5 minutes of the film, and think about the kinds of learning that the participants report; what impacts did the project appear to have? and think about the ‘affordances’ of film in evaluation: what can be shown, demonstrated, and shared that maybe can’t be communicated in writing, or a verbal report? Or in photographs?

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