Recommend your Favorite Short Films!

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-10-05-42-amIn class Assignment Description: Using the website, find short films to watch and review. Your picks will become part of a class database of recommended films, found here: Film Recommendation Google Sheet. You will use class time when not otherwise occupied editing, shooting or planning your films.


  1. Watch films. One film must be a documentary. Hint: Select “Channels” and then scroll down to find Award Winning films (as well as films grouped by genre, topic, medium, etc).
  2. Recommend any film you think your teacher or peers should see.
  3. Fill out all columns, including your name, a description of the film and if you feel it’s a good film to show in class.




Anatomy of a Scene

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 7.27.09 AMThe New York Times has created a site where ‘Film directors walk viewers through one scene of their movies, showing the magic, motives and the mistakes from behind the camera.’ Really worth watching and learning from!

NYT Link – Anatomy of a Scene


Short Films online!

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Check out this fabulous website, featuring short films–narratives, documentaries, animation, etcetera. Films range from experimental to traditional, serious to funny. Explore the site by going to “Films” to find a list of genres (“Documentary” for example), by going to “Playlists,” or by searching for a key word.

Link: Short of the Week

Mother Jones Magazine photo essays

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Mother Jones is a magazine that presents stories about social responsibility and activism. Their blog of photo essays is terrific! The magazine gets contributions by the best photographers, working all over the world. Be warned–some painful social problems are depicted in these photographs. Some of the images may challenge your assumptions or bring tears to your eyes. Others will make you laugh. Check it out…

Link: Mother Jones photo essays