When your teachers were at school the process
of reading was understood to be the deciphering of words on
a page to understand what the writer was trying to say.
You now have to be much more skilful readers. In the world
today, reading encompasses a whole new range of critical and
creative skills. Without possibly realizing it, you take in
a lot of information just from looking at still and moving
images. As users of the Internet, you read in quite a different
way from the linear process of words on a page. There are
many different elements used to attract your attention: colour
fonts and background, moving text and images and flashing
icons all work to convey a message. As well, you are taking
in other layered messages through the use of semiotics like
the NIKE swoosh and, at the same time, creating your own language
via text messaging.
In using this website, you will be focusing on learning the
skills needed to create a visual text; in this case, a short
movie. You will learn about all the elements that go into
making a movie. You will then be able to apply those skills
to make your own movie that creates the meaning you want for
The definition of visual literacy in the English syllabus
is as follows:
“ The ability to decode, interpret, create, question,
challenge and evaluate texts that communicate with visual
images as well as, or rather than words. Visually literate
people can read the intended meaning in a visual text such
as an advertisement or a film shot, interpret the purpose
and intended meaning, and evaluate the form, structure and
features of the text. They can also use images in a creative
and appropriate way to express meaning.”
You will be surprised at how much you know, just from growing
up in a visual world.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!!!