Movies are Magic

Persistence of Vision? The Phi Phenomenon? Zoetropes? Camera Obscura? Kinetograph? What part do these concepts and inventions play in the history of movies? Find out with a short video that launches an informative playlist on film history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pause the video frequently to permit viewers to ask question and clarify understanding
  • Use the video to launch a film studies unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Some viewers may be overwhelmed by the format that includes the narrator's rapid pace and frequent asides
  • The first three videos in the Crash Course playlist focus on inventions that led to motion picture films
Pros

  • The video ends with a recap of the key points discussed
  • Includes silent film style captions 
Cons

  • None
Common Core