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and expect the audience to figure out why you are showing it.
Tell them what to watch for.
If there is something in the film that you think someone
might object to, mention it in advance. Also explain that you
think it is worthwhile in spite of the fact they might not agree
with certain aspects.
Always preview a film you have not seen before showing
it unless you really want to make a fool of yourself! Make notes
regarding particularly important sections. Plan to draw the
audienceís attention to these points before and after your
We all tend to lose concentration during films, so it is
important to capture and hold your groupís attention. Without
notice, stop the projector about three to five minutes into the
show and talk about a point raised. Ask the audience a
question to confirm their attention. If you suspect that a
certain participant is not taking the presentation seriously,
specifically call them by name and ask them if they understood
what the film was saying. Then turn it on again. Everyone,
from that point on, will pay great attention!
As with slide projectors, make sure the projector is posi-
tioned high enough that no oneís head will block the movie.
Make certain that you or someone else knows how to set up and
run a film properly. Know how to thread the film, how to turn
it on and how to rewind!
Libraries and other places lending audio visual equip-
ment will often give short courses on the operation of projec-
tors. Libraries in general are a great and inexpensive resource
for educational films, videos and audio tapes.
When you are planning to screen a film, ensure that you
have a take-up reel and especially one that is the correct size.
Otherwise it will run off the reel and you will look like a clown.
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