While most early movie producers devoted their talents and energies towards the production of commercial films, a few turned their attention to producing less lucrative but equally beneficial documentary films. Aimed at educating the audience in a specific area of interest, these films contain cartloads of information about the subject under study. Often these films carry instructions on how best to perform a task such as making a piece of furniture. Others provide a detailed discourse on the "hows" and "whys" of scientific phenomena, while some bring images of distant lands in an attempt to promote tourism.
Despite their undeniable informational and educational value, documentaries did not become popular until the arrival of television and the birth of cable television. Today television producers such as The History Channel, Discovery and National Geography deal almost exclusively with the telecast of documentaries. Gradually, documentaries are replacing popular programs on other channels as well, one apparent reason for this being that documentaries are relatively cheaper to produce than their commercial cousins.
In the 30s and up until the 70s, documentaries continued to play second fiddle to commercial cinema. Yet these years witnessed the production of some great educational films, which opened the doors to a newer and better understanding of a vast variety of subjects that were being investigated at the time. This DVD contains some fabulous examples of these early vintage documentaries.
Choosing a Classroom Film
This clip explains the different types of documentaries available and the specific purpose of each. It also recommends ways of selecting the most appropriate films for classroom viewing.
Producer: McGraw-Hill Films
Color: Black &White
Film Research and Learning
This short outlines the benefits of films in classroom learning and contains several examples and loads of statistical data, which drive home the significance of educational films in the process of teaching school children.
Producer: Wittich (Walter Arno)
Color: Black &White
How to Use a Classroom Film
This clip suggests through some wonderful illustrations how schools should choose, preview, present and discuss classroom films.
Producer: Centron Productions
Making Films That Teach
Made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Encyclopedia Britannica Films, this film shows the steps in the process of producing educational films, including scripting, shooting, editing and capturing of sound.
Producer: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
The Unique Contribution (Part I &II)
This documentary illustrates how educational films contribute to teaching and learning, with many examples taken from scientific and historical films.
Producer: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Facts About Film
This film provides useful guidelines for operating a film projector. Several doís and doníts are highlighted. It also demonstrates the consequences of ignoring rules while operating a projector.
Sponsor: International Film Bureau Inc.
Producer: Phototronics, Inc.
Color: Black &White
This clip examines the various opportunities that photography offers in terms of a career and offers tips on how to select the one most suited to the individual.
Producer: Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc.
Color: Black &White
DVD One : 01:01:52
DVD Two : 01:02:12
You seldom get an opportunity to view a finer collection of documentaries, which deal with as fascinating a subject as the one on this DVD - "The Significance Of Documentaries." It may well seem like a case of self-exaltation, but one must bear in mind that these films were produced with much painstaking research and effort at a time few people had the interest or opportunity to view these masterpieces.
As stated before, all the clips on this DVD deal in one way or the other with how to select a good documentary film - especially the educational variety for schools. Perhaps the most practical among these is the one that explains in great detail how a movie projector works and offers great tips on how to operate it. The other one (Film Research and Learning), which emphasizes the benefits of films in classroom learning, seems to suggest that educational documentaries were not very popular in those days. Yet, the clip offers loads of statistical data and fabulous examples, which are certain to interest movie buffs and historians alike. The Clip titled Photography is bound to evoke a lot of interest with its fascinating contents and tips on career selection.
These surely are the best examples of ageless educational films from the 20th century and are certain to enrich and edify even a casual browser. If you happen to be a teacher, a scholar, a history buff or a curious student of science, order your copy of this riveting DVD today.
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