Media Studies,  Resources

Media Arts resource 3

1. What is the resource and where did you locate it?
This resource is a repository of all Wes Anderson films, it includes detailed conversations about his style and how he completed projects information about how his characters develop and the choices he made as we went.  Available at:

2. Why were you drawn to it as a resource?
I really love Wes Anderson films, I find them really interesting and the way he has moved from film into stop motion animation with his latest films I also think is usual. There are lots of parallels between his films and animation as well which is a useful exploration when studying media.

3. Who constructed it and how has it been designed?
It is a really great website, not actually a resource to use straight away in the classroom, what I would do from this point is to create some questions for students to read through the website and respond to. Questions around the staging and character development, social and societal aspects of the films setting including representation and people of colour, and the big dramatic changes that are a hallmark of his films and ask students to respond to these. They would be designed to deepen students understanding and help to prepare them for making their own short film or animation.

4. How it could be used to address the curriculum; i.e. the particular levels, strands, band/content? descriptions/achievement standards of relevance to your students?
This resource would fall into the responding band, specifically explore and express ideas, and respond and interpret. At level 9 and 10:

  • Analyse and evaluate how technical and symbolic elements are manipulated in media artworks to challenge representations framed by social beliefs and values in different community and institutional contexts
  • Analyse and evaluate a range of media artworks from contemporary and past times, including the media artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their media arts making.
  • technical and symbolic elements in images, sounds and text to represent a story, purpose, meaning and style
  • Plan, produce and distribute media artworks for a range of community, institutional contexts and different audiences, and consider social, ethical and regulatory issues

For achivement standards:

  • Students communicate alternative viewpoints in media artworks for different community and institution contexts. 

5. What is its pedagogical value for you as a teacher? Does it include excellent pedagogical tips, for example questioning strategies/ differentiation strategies/organizational strategies?
It has a lot of really great information that could be explored. It uses appropriate topics for media discussion that the questions I would write for students could be built around. These questions would also link back to the student achievement levels and bands.

6. Why would do you think it would engage students at your targeted year level/s?
Many teenagers love animation and particularly stop motion animation for it’s hand made appeal. This investigation would be one lesson long, and paced between creative activities so that students could get a good balance of types of learning. 

7. How might it be used to challenge students to extend, enrich and individualize their learning?
This resource could be modified to include other filmmakers that are included on the website resource, if students had already studied Wes Anderon or they were more interested in one of the other auteurs. There are no female directors on there however, which is a huge shortcoming, so students could also research a female director if they wanted to, to expand out their learning.

8. How could you implement it using your website?
I would develop an online resource for it in the Learn Press LMS and would add in the questions, possibly a quiz and contexualise the work.


Learning designer, digital designer and educator with extensive experience teaching creative subjects. Qualifications include: MA Creative Media (Multimedia), Ba Arts (Fine Art), Cert IV Training and Assessment, Dip Training Design and Development, Dip Vocational Education and Training, currently studying an MA in Secondary Education.

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