Junior Cycle Short Course in Film: Super 8

Director: J.J. Abrams

U.S.A., 2011, Mystery/Sci-Fi, 112min

Inspire your Junior Cycle filmmaking group with this sci-fi thriller. During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash while making a super 8 film, and have their suspicions that it is not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.


In collaboration with FĺS Film Project and Fresh Film Festival, and in consultation with a group of teachers and their Junior Cycle classes, we are developing and piloting a Short Course in Film for Junior Cycle that involves watching, making and showing film. In the first section of our pilot, students have watched a selection of film, enjoyed the full cinematic experience at the IFI or their local cinema and explored film in more detail in the classroom. They have discovered how camera angles and sound are used, worked on their critical viewing skills and applied their knowledge of film language to their personal response to the films. Our pilot will continue until the end of this school year with classes working on their filmmaking skills and learning how to run a film festival. To find out more about our Short Course in Film contact Elaine on (01) 679 5744/emacginty@irishfilm.ie.


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