Assignment: Sporting Personalities

Create a short film about a famous sporting personality. Tell the story of their life, and their role in their sport.

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Suggested techniques

You can do this using an on-screen presenter, or completely with voice-over, or even have the sports star narrate their own life. You could interview the subject in the style of a chat show.

Intersperse the presentation with still images and video if appropriate. You could do this as a studio presentation or lecture, and display the images on a screen behind the presenter, or else you can make the images go full-screen.

Add extra content on-screen by using text to complement what you're saying.

Add appropriate background music to create atmosphere, and ensure you have a striking title sequence.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • This is likely to be a subject students are passionate about, and will engage well with.
  • It gives students a perspective on history in sport, particularly if they choose an older person like Babe Ruth or Roger Bannister.
  • Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
  • Finding images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
  • Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
  • Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.

Suitability

  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Sports, current affairs, history

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