So in Internet terms, this page is ancient, circa 2003. That being said, much of the technical advice is out-dated, but the general arch of the lesson is still sound, and the spirit lives on in an annual competition I run--the Phylm Prize. Here's a link to this year's competition: http://www.davidcolarusso.com/phylm/ Back to parent site: www.davidcolarusso.com
Science, more than simply a body of knowledge, is a dynamic self-correcting process that seeks to understand and explain the world in which we live. It is a process with rich intrinsic rewards, and at its height it requires of us a great deal of rigorous thought, questioning, hard work, risk taking, and yes--creativity. Too often the full breadth of these facts is obscured by the traditional restraints placed upon instructors and students. It doesn't have to be that way. This unit tries to get at the process of science while allowing as much freedom for students as possible.
This site is setup as a "handbook" for phylm production. Phylm Production provides an overview, while Planning, Production, and Post each contain step-by-step instructions on making a short phylm--including animated tutorials and Flash templates for download. A static-printer-friendly overview of this information is available in Adobe's PDF file format.
Also please note that 2 pages out of the 17 were never completed (i.e., Planning 4 & 7). The entire project, however, is described in the pdf overview above, and external links are provided from these pages to cover the missing content.
David A. Colarusso
Physics & Astronomy Teacher
Lexington High School
251 Waltham Rd.
Lexington, MA 02421