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), film education will form the theme of the 2018 conference.

Leading media educationist Cary Bazalgette (above 3rd from left) will deliver the keynote address on the role of emotion in young people’s film viewing. 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 non-members’ fees (final fees are still to be set).

The conference features the usual mix of workshops/presentations. Although they have still to be confirmed we expect the following:

- La La Land
- Gary Tank Commander
- Blade Runner 2049
- Wadjda
- Production design in film
- Complex narrative structure in feature films
- How to analyse film comedy
- National 5 Media
- Revised Higher Media + Film & Media NPA
- Creative industries Foundation Apprenticeship
- Film editing practical workshop
- Stop animation practical workshop.

Because we expect high demand we will give AMES individual and institutional members ‘early bird’ opportunity to secure places at the conference. This is likely to be in the week beginning Mon 5 Mar. The full programme should be published mid-March.

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

If you have not renewed membership for 2017-18 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.