Workshops & Film Education

Whether they involve receptive or productive interaction, and whether they are historically-based or fully up-to-date – the selection of educational programs from which visitors to the Museum für Film und Fernsehen can choose is extensive. Workshops and courses deal with subjects that are immersed in film history as well as those concerned with the practical aspects of film. Programs that are specially designed for children, teenagers and young adults encourage independent experimentation and creative output.

 

The workshops mentioned below are offered in English language. Other languages may be available upon request. When booking a program in any language other than German, a 10 euro foreign-language flat rate fee will be charged per group/workshop-module in addition to the regularly-quoted price.

All tours must be booked in advance through Museum Service Berlin.

 

The following programs are currently available:

 

>> Science Fiction – Testing Grounds for Experimentation...?

>> Ideology and Manipulation in Entertainment Films

>> Smart Movies – Creative Works with Smart Phones & Co

>> My Own Animated Film (Stop-Motion Techniques)

>> Film Courses – A Film and Many Themes

 

 


 

Science Fiction – Testing Grounds for Experimentation, Utopian Locations or Horror Scenarios?

What desires, fears and visions are mirrored in science fiction films? What do these films tell us about the times in which they were made? What references to the present, for example, can be found in fictional societies of the future?

The workshop inspires participants to take part in an intense analysis of the science fiction genre. Its focus lies in the many-layered interplay between cinematic narratives and realities outside film. A science fiction film is first and foremost a medium of entertainment, but at the same time it is also a space for experimentation and for envisioning imaginary scenarios. Most of the dystopian views of society portrayed in films present possible technological and social developments, as well as their consequences for humankind. Social ills and visions of the future, technophobia and beliefs in progress are all critically addressed. Current topics, such as the sharing of resources and environmental protection, (medical) research and mass epidemics, technological progress and a surveillance society play as much a role as questions about ethics and social justice.

Using objects from the exhibition, film clips and supplementary source materials, workshop participants analyze select science fiction films to gain insights into the genre, its evolution and its reference points for the present.

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 150 euros
Group size:  max. 25
Age: suitable for teens and young adults, 16+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 110 euros
Group size: max. average class size
Age: 16+

 


Ideology and Manipulation in Entertainment Films

Film is a powerfully effective medium. Its potential for manipulation was recognized in the early days of film and has since been exploited by a number of governments, parties and institutions. One of the best known examples of this practice is the film propaganda used by the National Socialists.
However, ideological messages and propagandistic intentions can be detected even in current German and international productions. Entertainment, particularly in the genres of action films, war dramas and history films, tends to convey moral concepts, philosophies of life and recommended actions that often go unnoticed by viewers, although they deserve to be critically scrutinized.
In a combined exhibition tour, screening of film clips and a moderated discussion, participants pursue questions concerning which ideological or propagandistic messages contemporary film and television productions convey, and which means they employ for these messages to come across.

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 150 euros
Group size:  max. 25
Age: suitable for teens and young adults, 14+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 110 euros
Group size:  max. average class size
Age: 14+

 


Smart Movies – Creative Works with Smart Phones & Co

The use of mobile multimedia devices, such as smart phones and tablets, are part of everyday life for many people. These devices provide access to more than just communication and multimedia entertainment, however. In addition, they also place a pocket-sized, but complete set of film equipment at your fingertips, making experimentation with basic techniques of filming and producing creative-artistic work with audiovisual media quite simple.

In the context of the workshop, participants unlock the hidden potential of smart phones, etc., guided by a film professional’s expert instructions. First, a film team is organized, then a cinematic idea is jointly developed and a shooting schedule is laid out. This preparation is followed by putting the plans into action, using cinematic aesthetic tools to produce film and sound recordings that are subsequently assembled into a finished clip.

The structure of the workshop can be coordinated to meet the interests and prior knowledge of the participants. The following themes are examples of offers available for booking:

 

  •  Portrait – Who am I and What Makes Me Who I Am?
  •  Berlin, the Metropolis – Staging the Aesthetic of the Big City
  •  Black-and-White – An Homage to Silent Films
  •  Breaking News

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Price: 180 euros (10 participants) / 360 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 12+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Price: 150 euros (10 participants) / 300 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 12+

This workshop can be organized for larger groups on request.

 


My Own Animated Film (Stop-Motion Techniques)

Making your own animated film doesn’t have to be difficult! After a short introduction into how moving images and different animation techniques work, participants develop their own storyboard for a cartoon and turn it into a short film. They create it frame by frame using a two-dimensional technique called cutout animation, as well as a Trickbox and a digital camera. This workshop can be combined with the “Animated Films and Techniques” tour.

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 150 euros (10 participants) / 300 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 8+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 110 euros (12 participants) / 215 euros (25 participants) / 320 euros (30 participants)
Group size: max. 30
Age: 8+

 


Film Courses – A Film and Many Themes

Films are an essential component of our daily lives. We encounter them every day in movie theaters, on television, on DVD or on the Internet. The social importance of motion pictures is becoming greater and greater. As a consequence, it is all the more important to be able to classify a film and its various facets – thematically, historically, and also aesthetically. The film courses at the Museum für Film und Fernsehen offer a unique opportunity to do that. Participants are trained to deal with the medium of film through selected works of German film history. Both classics of film history and contemporary movies are put to use. Depending on the chosen main focus, the three-hour courses can consist of the following components: viewing film clips; guided discussions about film; research on the original formative contexts and reception history by using exhibitions, archival and source materials; comparison of a film with other cinematic and photographic works; and much more.
 
We offer film courses for the following films and themes:
 
GEGEN DIE WAND (HEAD-ON)  /
ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF (ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL)
Theme: Migration and Identity
Age: 15

 

ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF (ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL)
Theme: Film Talk
Age: 15+

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 150 euros
Group size: max. 25

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 110 euros
Group size: max. average class size
 

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