By Geoff Alexander
Exploring a realm of movie usually pushed aside as campy or contrived, this publication strains the historical past of school room academic motion pictures from the silent period in the course of the Nineteen Eighties, whilst movie eventually started to lose flooring to video-based and electronic media. It profiles 35 person educational filmmakers who performed a task in bringing those approximately 110,000 16mm motion pictures to school rooms throughout North the United States, paying specific realization to auteur John Barnes and his principally ignored physique of labor. different issues contain: the construction businesses contributing to the expansion and improvement of the tutorial movie style; the advanced background of post-Sputnik, federally-funded academic tasks which inspired the expansion of the tutorial movie style; and the denouement of the style in school rooms and its resurgence on the web.
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When a test group of schoolchildren exposed to a ﬁlm curriculum scored higher on exams than control groups not seeing these ﬁlms, Robert Maynard Hutchins, the noted educator who had become president of the University of Chicago in 1929 at the age of 30, declared One. The Formative Years of Educational Film 21 Executive meetings at EB Films often included noted scholars as well as EB execs. From a meeting circa 1963, front row (L to R): Helen (Mrs. William) Benton, Robert Hutchins (EB Board member), William Benton (EB Chairman), Maurice Mitchell (EB President), Unidentiﬁed man.
30 Benton’s patience during those two minutes of silence while Wood deliberated ultimately resulted in the acquisition of the Encyclopædia by the University, but it would take almost a year to ratify this transaction with the trustees of the University and would also require $100,000 of Benton’s own money in working capital, which Benton traded for two-thirds of the stock of the venture. The University retained the option of buying one-third back from Benton for $50,000 at any time during the ensuing 17 months, which, if exercised, would have allowed it to regain control of the operation.
We are watching the second ﬁlm of the collection when the Senator explodes. In essence he loudly proclaims that I obviously selected the worst competitive ﬁlms I could ﬁnd to make our ﬁlms look good. 55 In 1957, a Special Productions unit for Coronet was formed under the leadership of Bob Kohl and Tom Riha, which contracted with independent producers to provide primarily geography and history ﬁlms. 56 In 1952, David Smart, so germ-phobic that he always used handkerchiefs on doorknobs when traveling from car to car on trains, passed away, a victim of exploratory surgery.
Academic Films for the Classroom. A History by Geoff Alexander