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Lesson Plan: Americans at the Movies - Communicating with Cuts


Use this lesson from The Story of Movies film study curriculum to introduce students to early filmmaking techniques. Students will screen the 1903 silent feature film classic The Great Train Robbery (directed by Edwin S. Porter), widely considered to be the first motion picture narrative. The film developed fundamental cinematic techniques for continuity editing, a new way of telling a story visually. Visit for more free online lessons.


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Hello! We're gathering feedback from teachers for The Film Foundation's annual report. I'd love to include your comment (anonymously) as a quote, if that's OK with you. Also, if there's anything you might add about using the material when teaching remotely, that would be incredibly helpful. Thanks in advance for your consideration, Julia Wayne (educational project manager of The Film Foundation)
March 30, 2021
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April 09, 2020
Excellent resource for a Film Studies class. More unique than what we often find as resources.
April 06, 2020