Film as a Second Language

Open Access
Rockwell, David
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Barbara O Bird, Thesis Supervisor
  • Richard Andrew Sherman, Faculty Reader
  • Barbara O Bird, Honors Advisor
  • film
  • video
  • education
  • communication
  • media literacy
  • new media
  • YouTube
  • technology
Using a synthesis of filmmaking and writing, this thesis will address the current state of media literacy, specifically in relation to novice filmmaking in non-film/video courses. There has been a rapid growth of film projects assigned to students in all academic disciplines at major research universities across the country and a growing dedication toward providing students with user-friendly film equipment. An explosion of new media is hitting the internet in response. As a result of these changes, it is extremely important to consider the manner in which students are going about their work and the implications of increased access to visual communication. If major research universities are truly dedicated toward improving student literacy, they need to broaden their definition of media literacy to include proficiency in the creation of time-based media.