World War I Modern Propaganda Film
In the First World War humanity was horrified at the advent of trench warfare, u-boats, tanks, and casualties on an unprecedented scale as nations rapidly discovered new and more brutally effective ways to slaughter one another’s citizens. However, war-fueled innovation extended beyond the bomb-blasted battlefields of the Eastern and Western fronts; it began in the home front, as the concept and practice of war propaganda flourished.
In your study groups, you will produce a World War I propaganda film that fulfills all of the following requirements:
1. 2-3 Minutes in length
2. Highlights enemy atrocities and conditions of your nation's soldiers and war effort
3. Calls to men and/or women to serve the war effort using propaganda themes and slogans from WWI
4. Describes the justification for support of the war effort and self-sacrifice
5. You must avoid filming things that are obviously anachronistic (not fitting to the time period)
1. Research the propaganda techniques used during WWI by reading the following links and packets:
• Battle for the Mind
• Battle of Propaganda
• World War I Propaganda Posters
2. Plan and produce your film using modern propaganda and film techniques. See below for an example
For Extra Credit!
Extra Credit Longer Film
Create a dramatic portrayal of WWI that tells the story of the experiences of those who fought, or the experiences of those on the homefront.
Your film will need to be at least 5 minutes in length to qualify for extra credit.
You must avoid filming things that are obviously anachronistic (not fitting to the time period).