Pitch a Film on a Friday: shaking up the habits of the film going public

In these days of austerity, going out to the cinema is beginning to cost more than a good night out. You’ll need to be thinking about parking, candyfloss, 3D glasses, meal after and before, a few drinks in the intermission never mind the price of the seat. And then there are all those interminable adverts to sit through!

So why not settle back, buy in a few six packs and create the film in your own head?

Pitch a Film on a Friday allows you to do exactly that. By giving you – absolutely free – a pitch for a film that hasn’t yet been made, this blog enables you to become your very own film maker, casting agent, distributor, audience and critic all rolled into one. You can even imagine your own awards ceremony! And as for the overwheening power of Hollywood? This is the place to put Hollywood firmly in its place!

Pitch a Film on a Friday is released every Friday (surprisingly) just in time for the weekend. Settle down, settle back, put away your credit card and throw away your parking worries: the film is in your head and its just about to begin!

Find all Friday pitches here.

7 gifts from artists to teachers

Whilst lots of artists in schools work naturally focuses on what the kids get out of the experience, the benefits to teachers can get overlooked and undervalued. Here’s a starter list to be going on. Thanks to Rachel Phelps for the prompt!
Artists allow teachers:
1. How to write beyond the habit of writing in bullet points and cut and pasting comments onto students report cards. How to role model creative writing to students and develop voice, style and expressivity and go beyond secretarial niceties.
2. How to read for pleasure, as opposed to reading for assessment, policy keepie-uppie, and duty. How to share, discuss and think about literature in ways which aren’t linked to syllabus assessment or exam grades.
They also:
3. Remind them that teachers are creative individuals, that teaching and learning is fundamentally a creative process and that artistry and creativity isn’t the sole preserve of artists or ‘creatives’.
4. Offer a lateral view of the world, different emphases, views of the other.
5. Catalyse discomfort and shakiness in ‘natural’ and ‘common sense’ orthodoxies and working out of their comfort zones.
6. Open up the classroom to the wider world of other cultural sites, practices, habits, languages
7. Offer different ways of thinking.
More to follow!