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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Assignment: Foreign drama

This is part of a series suggesting different ways to use Moviestorm in schools or other educational environments. They also make useful exercises for film-makers wanting to develop and practice different film-making techniques. Many more lesson plans and ideas, with free downloadable resources, can be found on the Moviestorm Web site.

Assignment: Foreign drama
Take a scene from a set play and present it in movie form.


Suggested techniques
Film it as if on a stage, or else film it as if it were a movie, and compare the difference between the two approaches.

Use modern dress if appropriate.

Add in background music to add mood.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • Requiring the students to perform the play helps them understand the meaning of the words.
  • This also requires the students to examine a scene in depth, understand staging, and create an interpretation of the work. You can then build on this in class as they explain why they chose to present the work that way.
  • It gets the students engaged, and requires them to stop thinking about drama in written form and think about it as performance.
  • Filming in animation allows them options that would not be possible on a classroom or school stage.
  • Dramatic performance makes for a good group project.
  • Voicing an animated version builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
  • Use of music demonstrates that the student has understood the emotional content of the play.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Foreign languages


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