Len Masterman, Colin McArthur, Cary Bazalgette, David Buckingham
Previous Conference Speakers: Len Masterman, Colin McArthur, Cary Bazalgette, David Buckingham


Conference Poster

The 2018 AMES conference will take place on Sat 2 Jun at the University of Edinburgh’s historic St Leonard’s Hall. Because of current developments in Scottish moving image education (this newsletter passim), screen education will form the theme of the 2018 conference.

Leading media educationist Cary Bazalgette (above) will deliver the keynote address on how toddlers understand movies. After teaching in London schools, she worked at the British Film Institute from 1979 to 2007, including 8 years (1999-2006) as Head of Education. Her passions are to develop good practice in media education and to advocate its importance as an entitlement for all. In 2009, Cary did research for Scottish Screen on the impacts of moving image education. In 2018, she completed her PhD at UCL Institute of Education on how children begin to learn about moving-image media. Cary used embodied cognition approaches to develop new ways of understanding very young children’s engagement with films and TV.

AMES is in receipt of increased financial assistance from Scottish Film Education and Into Film. This will allow us to reduce conference fees to £10 for individual members and for those from centres with institutional membership. This is a considerable reduction on the non-members’ fee of £60.

The conference features the usual mix of workshops/seminars. The full programme is:

(Codes: P: Primary education, S: Secondary education, F: Further/higher education)
0945-1015 Registration and coffee
1015-1025 Introduction: Mary Birch, Convener of AMES
1025-1110 Keynote: Screen Education - the Prequel: How Toddlers Learn to Understand Movies: Cary Bazalgette
1110-1120 Film Education Action Plan: Scott Donaldson, Creative Scotland

1120-1130 Comfort break

A1: National 5 Media: Matthew Smith, SQA (SF)
A2: Teaching Wadjda: Roy Stafford (PS)
A3: Mise-en-scène: David Griffith (SF)
A4: Teaching Sitcom - Gary Tank Commander: Rick Instrell (SF)
A5: YouTube and Beyond - a Young Scottish Filmmaker’s Journey: Eilidh Gow (SF)
A6: Storymaker - the Gruffalo edition: Into Film presenter(s) tba (PS)

1230-1315 Lunch

B1: Higher Media After Units – an Overview of the Changes: Kirsty Mackinnon, SQA (SF)
B2: Film Education Action Plan: Scott Donaldson, Creative Scotland (PSF)
B3: Complex Narrative Structure in Feature Films: David Griffith (SF)
B4: Teaching Musicals - La La Land: Des Murphy (SF)
B5: Film Editing 1 (double session): Into Film presenter(s) tba (PSF)
B6: Stop Motion Animation 1 (double session): Into Film presenter(s) tba (PSF)

1430-1445 Refreshments

C1: An Introduction to the NPA in Film and Media: Matthew Smith, SQA (SF)
C2: Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative Media: Presenters tba (SF)
C3: Analysing Film Comedy: David Griffith (SF)
C4: Teaching Science Fiction - Blade Runner 2049: Rick Instrell (SF)
C5: Film Editing 2 (double session): Into Film presenter(s) tba (PSF)
C6: Stop Motion Animation 2 (double session): Into Film presenter(s) tba (PSF)

1610-1630 AMES AGM


Non-member (£60)
Individual/institutional/retired member, student and concession fee (£10)
Joining AMES as new individual member + conference (£55)
Joining AMES as new institutional member + conference (£70) + £10 per each additional delegate
Renewing institutional membership + conference (£50) plus £10 per each additonal delegate

Because we expect high demand we will give AMES individual and institutional members ‘early bird’ opportunity to secure places at the conference. AMES members can reserve a place or places at the conference by emailing their name and institution to Robert Preece. Payment/official orders can be submitted after the Easter holdiays.

Any queries about the conference should be addressed to the conference organiser Rick Instrell (Tel: 01875320737; Mobile: 07931734825).

If you have not renewed membership then now is the time to do it! Address membership enquiries to AMES treasurer Robert Preece.

Resources from PREVIOUS AMES conferenceS

The substantial resources from the 2016 conference and previous events are available at the members only password-protected resources page.