Why Gooses* make Flipping Useless Librarians, but Great Educators Using edutainment & humour to bang the message home Gare...
Face Front True Believers <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul>
Comedy is Easy, Dying is Hard <ul><li>What makes comedy? </li></ul><ul><li>“ a dramatic performance which pits two societi...
Comedy Is All About… <ul><li>Timing – Short, punchy </li></ul><ul><li>Counterpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Reversal of expectat...
But how can it be Educational? <ul><li>Breaks the ice </li></ul><ul><li>Change of focus raises attention levels  </li></ul...
Losing the Plot <ul><li>Basic screenwriting technique helps but not essential </li></ul><ul><li>Plot & shooting template <...
Video 1 Data Protection
Timing is everything <ul><li>Creation takes a non-trivial amount of time </li></ul><ul><li>For a 3-5 minute movie </li></u...
Hardware <ul><li>Video Camera formats include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard drive or Flash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DV and ...
Software <ul><li>Plenty of cheap but good software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Movie Maker  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><...
Who Watches the Watchmen? <ul><li>Groups of 3/4 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline movie concept [ Plot Template ] </li></ul></...
Share & Enjoy <ul><li>Your ideas… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concept </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Tips of the Iceberg <ul><li>Careful of information overload </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One or two core messages only </li></ul>...
Forthcoming Attractions <ul><li>If you don’t want to become a Spielberg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of suitable material ...
Video 2 Conference Survival Tips
Contact Details <ul><li>Gareth J Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Information Librarian  </li></ul><ul><li>(Physical & Bio Scienc...
References <ul><li>Costello,  John. (2006). Writing a screenplay 2 nd  edn, Pocket Essentials </li></ul><ul><li>Julia Cres...
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Why Gooses* make Flipping Useless Librarians, but Great Educators: Using edutainment & humour to bang the message home

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This is the presentation that I used alongside my workshop looking into edutainment for academic librarians at the UCRG and CoFHE 2008 conference. Videos that accompany the workshop are located over on my YouTube account.

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    1. 1. Why Gooses* make Flipping Useless Librarians, but Great Educators Using edutainment & humour to bang the message home Gareth J Johnson: WTE & University of Leicester UC&R/CoFHE Conference 2008, Liverpool * Yes not geese…
    2. 2. Face Front True Believers <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul>
    3. 3. Comedy is Easy, Dying is Hard <ul><li>What makes comedy? </li></ul><ul><li>“ a dramatic performance which pits two societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. ” (wikipedia) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die. &quot; (Mel Brooks) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Monkeys and skulls – the essence of comedy!” (Billy West) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Comedy Is All About… <ul><li>Timing – Short, punchy </li></ul><ul><li>Counterpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Reversal of expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Physical antics </li></ul><ul><li>Animals </li></ul><ul><li>Silly words </li></ul><ul><li>Subjective </li></ul>
    5. 5. But how can it be Educational? <ul><li>Breaks the ice </li></ul><ul><li>Change of focus raises attention levels </li></ul><ul><li>Serious messages can be sugar coated </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcement of message through demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Gives speakers a moment’s respite </li></ul><ul><li>Post hoc viewing aids retention and recall </li></ul>
    6. 6. Losing the Plot <ul><li>Basic screenwriting technique helps but not essential </li></ul><ul><li>Plot & shooting template </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps plan themes, messages and locations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lists required props and stage requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Script templates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Words and motions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses a simplified screen writing format </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Let’s look at an example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From script to screen </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Video 1 Data Protection
    8. 8. Timing is everything <ul><li>Creation takes a non-trivial amount of time </li></ul><ul><li>For a 3-5 minute movie </li></ul><ul><li>Gets easier with practice </li></ul><ul><li>Careful ambitions don’t outstrip ability! </li></ul>2-3 hours Editing/SFX 1-2 hours Set-up/Filming 1-2 hours Plotting/Scripting
    9. 9. Hardware <ul><li>Video Camera formats include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard drive or Flash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DV and MiniDV tape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mini DVD-R or DVD-RAM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>£150-500 for a reasonable mark </li></ul><ul><li>Sony DCR-SR52E </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30Gig HD model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carl Zeiss Lens, zoom, IR function etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decent PC/Mac to process </li></ul>
    10. 10. Software <ul><li>Plenty of cheap but good software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Movie Maker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Basic but ok </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corel Ulead VideoStudio 11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choice of the professional! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Premier Elements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vista issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal preference rules </li></ul><ul><li>More expensive suites available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Pro versions of Corel and Adobe’s products </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Who Watches the Watchmen? <ul><li>Groups of 3/4 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline movie concept [ Plot Template ] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Think about </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your movie’s core concept? (in 10 words) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the central message you want to pass on? (in 25 words or less!) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan 2/3 scenes (or more) [ Plot Template ] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sketch opening 3/4 lines of dialogue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Think about </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What cast, sets & locations would you need? </li></ul></ul>5 mins 10 mins
    12. 12. Share & Enjoy <ul><li>Your ideas… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concept </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opening line… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your challenges… </li></ul>
    13. 13. Tips of the Iceberg <ul><li>Careful of information overload </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One or two core messages only </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Short and sweet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos aren’t generally interactive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The longer the movie…the more complex the editing & the more time consuming the shoot </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clarity, pacing and engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep them ever in mind! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A spotlight is a must have aid </li></ul>
    14. 14. Forthcoming Attractions <ul><li>If you don’t want to become a Spielberg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of suitable material on YouTube </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you don’t want to make a movie – why not a vodcast? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leicester experimenting – not comedy though </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After today </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on any movie skills you lack? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where/how might you use movies? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try expanding your idea to a 1 minute script </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Come talk with me over the conference (or afterwards) for further advice! </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Video 2 Conference Survival Tips
    16. 16. Contact Details <ul><li>Gareth J Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>Information Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>(Physical & Bio Sciences) </li></ul><ul><li>Tel </li></ul><ul><li>0116 252 2055 </li></ul><ul><li>Mail </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>University of Leicester </li></ul><ul><li>David Wilson Library </li></ul><ul><li>University Road </li></ul><ul><li>Leicester </li></ul><ul><li>LE1 9QD </li></ul><ul><li>Weasel Televisual Enterprises (WTE) </li></ul><ul><li>Web </li></ul><ul><li>www.youtube.com/llordllama </li></ul><ul><li>Tel </li></ul><ul><li>07786433103 </li></ul><ul><li>Mail </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/llordllama </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/5khq26 </li></ul>
    17. 17. References <ul><li>Costello, John. (2006). Writing a screenplay 2 nd edn, Pocket Essentials </li></ul><ul><li>Julia Cresswell (2000) The penguin dictionary of clichés Penguin Group, London </li></ul><ul><li>Maria C Novelly (1985) Theatre Games for Young Performers Meriweather Publishing Ltd, Colarado Springs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia (2008). Comedy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comedy (accessed 27/May/2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Raymond G Frensham (1996) Screenwriting, Hodder Headline Plc, London </li></ul>

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