Visual Media for Teens: Creating and Using a Teen-Centered Film Collection

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Overview

Dazzle teens with a film collection custom-designed to fit their interests and tastes! If you would like to build or develop a film collection with guaranteed teen appeal, this guide is for you. It discusses what's current, popular with teens, and available; and provides annotated core filmographies in categories of heroes, exploring issues of identity, strong emotions: horror and humor, and educational entertainment. In addition, the authors address popular culture influences on teens, technology and format issues, how to get teen input, where to find reliable review sources, programming with films, and promoting and merchandising your collection. Packed with ideas as well as nitty gritty information; this guide fills a gap in the literature and a real need for the profession.

Dazzle teens with a film collection custom-designed to fit their interests and tastes! This guide is designed for those who would like to build or develop a film collection with guaranteed teen appeal. It discusses what's current, popular with teens, and available; and provides annotated core filmographies in categories of heroes, exploring issues of identity, strong emotions: horror and humor, and educational entertainment. In addition, the authors address popular culture influences on teens, technology and format issues, how to get teen input, where to find reliable review sources, programming with films, and promoting and merchandising your collection. Packed with ideas as well as nitty gritty information; this guide fills a gap in the literature and a real need for the profession.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"For those looking for a book to help them prepare to convince their public library director to let them build the young adult film collection and explain what to do with it once they get it, then this book needs to be on the list. It is really only for public librarians as it concentrates on creating a popular, circulating collection."

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ARBAonline

"This useful resource will work for anyone considering starting a separate teen film collection, as well as for those looking for ideas about marketing films to teens."

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VOYA

"This is an excellent guide for librarians interested in building a popular film collection to satisfy their teen audiences. It offers professionals an organized look at current films that have young adult appeal and provides analysis of the importance of such a collection. . . . Librarians will especially enjoy the section on films with literary origins that can help teens connect to literature through film. Within each category, alphabetical, annotated filmographies are easy to search and have ratings clearly listed. Additionally, there are up-to-date resources for print and online film reviews. Another cool feature for librarians to pass along to their teen customers is a listing of Web sites for teen filmmakers."

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School Library Journal

"This guide for school and public librarians provides a list of films with teen appeal and offers advice on selecting new films as they become available. The cult and mainstream films listed are primarily intended for popular material collections. While most are entertaining, they also deal with moral, social, and personal issues, and are appropriate for school library collections. The guide provides annotated filmographies in categories of heroes, issues of identity, strong emotions, and educational entertainment. In addition, the authors address popular culture influences on teens, technology and format issues, how to get teen input, where to find reliable review sources, and programming with films."

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Reference & Research Book News

"For librarians serving a teen population, this volume will be a very useful addition. . . . If you are thinking about, or beginning to develop a film collection for your library, this very helpful, quick-read guide will walk you through the process from beginning to end. While aimed primarily at the public library sector, if a school librarian is so inclined to establish this type of collection, the principles of the process still apply. Recommended."

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Library Media Connection

VOYA
Halsall and Edminster, from the McHenry Public Library District in Illinois, share their experience in creating a feature film collection for teens. They recommend a teen film collection separate from the library's adult and children's films, and they urge using teen input to create a collection that will appeal to the broad range of teen interests. The first two chapters discuss how to go about creating a teen film collection, from convincing the administration to working with technical services to getting teens involved and then marketing the collection. The next four chapters consist primarily of annotated lists of suggested films on the general topics of identity, heroes, emotions, and education and the arts. Lists of films run the risk of going quickly out of date, but the authors do a good job of including older as well as newer films, and of showing how they might appeal to teens. The lists are not intended to be core collections, but rather suggestions; the authors repeatedly emphasize the need to work with the teens in one's own community to refine a collection that is appropriate for them. The final chapter lists review sources and other resources on film. This useful resource will work for anyone considering starting a separate teen film collection, as well as for those looking for ideas about marketing films to teens.
School Library Journal
This is an excellent guide for librarians interested in building a popular film collection to satisfy their teen audiences. It offers professionals an organized look at current films that have young adult appeal and provides analysis of the importance of such a collection. Subject areas include exploring issues of identity, hero appeal, strong emotions, and education/arts. Librarians will especially enjoy the section on films with literary origins that can help teens connect to literature through film. Within each category, alphabetical, annotated filmographies are easy to search and have ratings clearly listed. Additionally, there are up-to-date resources for print and online film reviews. Another cool feature for librarians to pass along to their teen customers is a listing of Web sites for teen filmmakers.—Jessica Breslin, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Product Details

Table of Contents

Series Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: The Teenage Years Are an Awkward Age &hellips; for Librarians xv

Audience xvii

Movie Ratings and Teen Film Collections xviii

Organization of Chapters xxi

1 Creating a Teen Film Collection 1

Teens and Popular Culture 2

The Librarian's Role 5

Arguing for a Teen Feature Film Collection 8

Organizing Your Teen Film Collection 9

General Guidelines for Selecting Films 10

Technology and Format 12

Trying New Formats 15

Technical Services and New Formats 16

The Future of Formats 17

Videogames and Films 18

2 Getting Teens Involved 21

Getting Teens to Talk to You 21

Programming 23

Obtaining a Public Performance License 23

Popular Film Screenings 24

Film Festivals and Marathons 25

Special Screenings at Local Movie Theaters 27

Movie Discussion and Appreciation Programs 27

Specialized Teen Advisory Boards 28

Programs for Teen Filmmakers 28

Library Displays 29

3 Exploring Issues of Identity: Suggested Films 31

"Who Am I?" Films 33

"Lost in a Group" Films 34

"Other Cultures, Other Times" Films 36

What to Look for When Selecting 38

"Issues of Identity" Films 39

4 The Appeal of Heroes: Suggested Films 53

Sports and Competition Films 54

What to Look for When Selecting 55

Sports and Competition Films 56

"Live Action Heroes Plus" Films 60

What to Look for When Selecting 61

"Live Action Heroes Plus" Films 62

Anime and Other Animated Films 68

What to Look for When Selecting 70

Anime and Other Animated Films 71

Selected Anime Television Series 76

5 The Appeal of Strong Emotions: Suggested Films 79

Horror and Suspense Films 80

J-Horror: JapaneseHorror Films 82

What to Look for When Selecting 82

Horror and Suspense Films 83

Comedy Films 91

What to Look for When Selecting 92

Comedy Films 94

6 Education and the Arts: Suggested Films 105

Filmed Shakespeare 106

Documentaries and Docudramas 110

What to Look for When Selecting 112

Documentaries and Docudramas 113

Performing Arts Films 117

What to Look for When Selecting 117

Filmed Performing Arts Performances 117

Films Made from Books 123

7 Film Reviews and Resources 133

Online Video Reviews and Review Sources 133

Other Online Film Information Sources 135

Critical Books on Films 136

Magazines and Ezines 136

Web Sites for Teen Filmmakers 137

Books on Filmmaking for Teens 138

Articles 140

Afterword 141

Index 143

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