Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)There are some aspects of film production knowledge that completely transform the learner's film viewing experience. At the top of my list (based on my experience) are composition (placement of objects and environments in the image, but also including lighting, exposure, and color balance), editing (juxtaposition), and sound editing (especially foley and dialogue editing). After learning about and trying one's hand at these stages of production, there is simply more to see, notice, and look for when viewing a film.
Dog Star Man (1962-64)
I've become increasingly attuned to how much narrative exposition is performed in film via cinematography and framing choices. Almost everything I need to know narratively about how characters, locations, objects and relationships should or will fit into the narrative is explained by the way the camera portrays them.
The Piano (1993)
The Tree Of Life (2011)
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
So, reviewing some basic elements of composition and camera operation, I've been impressed at how a little knowledge (introduced early on) can go a long way in reframing a students' relationship with film and video from that point on. It seems to me a potent element of media literacy, and I'm tucking it into my arsenal as such.