How to use

Are you teaching or training a key point and want to illustrate it to reinforce information or start a discussion? Simply look in the categories section to find what themes tie into your lesson. The scenes on this website are organized by movie title and some have multiple themes or “takes” on a topic.  We also provide a short illustration or synopsis on how to use the scene.

To be sure each scene is appropriate for your audience, PREVIEW FIRST! Although we have done our best to provide scenes that are free from obscenities, violence or other questionable content, your specific audience may be offended or embarrassed by some content.  Movies4Training uses PG-13 or R-rated movies, but none of the scenes are PG-13 or R-rated. You know your audience best. Armed with that knowledge, preview your selection and be sensitive to your group. The content that comes before and after your chosen scene may be questionable so you will want to be sure to cue it up precisely.

The use of a scene on this website does not imply the endorsement of the movie, the actors and their lifestyles, the products used in the movie and so on. Movies4Training is merely providing you with a resource to give training and teaching some zip.

Use Movie Scenes to Enhance Your Training

Short movie scenes from Tinsel Town are useful for teaching because they evoke emotions and are non-threatening, while providing a quick, direct way for learners to understand, recognize and analyze a particular topic, issue or emotion. However, for maximum effectiveness, movies must be used in a balanced and useful way.

We are a society of information overload. Did you know American students watch an average of 16.6 hours of television and movies each week? So, in utilizing a movie scene as a teaching tool, the trainer must pare it down to its absolute, essential minimum. This allows modern learners of all learning styles and needs to interact and engage with the characters while also being able to focus on the content.

There are four keys or IDEAs to using movie scenes which allow learners to bring the information from their heads (cognitive domain) to their hearts (affective domain):

1. Interact: Assign questions to be thinking about and answering before showing the scene. This engages both sides of the brain and takes the movie from entertainment only to a learning tool as well. This could be as simple as filling out a worksheet with fill-in-the-blanks.
2. Debrief: Plan to have learners discuss what happened in the scene.
3. Experience: Select a scene that is funny, sad, intense, intriguing, or links learning to a past experience participants have had.
4. Application: Have your audience take action on what was discussed and apply the lesson to the subject at hand.

By engaging multiple senses, instructors increase the opportunity for information to move from short-term to long-term memory. Visualizing a movie scene makes it much easier to tap into where we “filed” the information. But without adequate debriefing and application, a well-chosen movie scene can still become noise.