Film Studies: Silver Screen Mavericks - From Actors to Directors & Beyond

Ref: C3673215

We explore films from a choice selection of cinematic ‘creatives’ (Actors, Directors, Musicians & Cinematographers etc) who make cinema by their own rules and/or add that spark – asking if the ones we all know are worthy of the recognition they receive and perhaps discovering some who deserve more? Do some overshadow or save the finished film - past present and 'future' - which films show of the best (or possibly the worst) of their skills, style, vision, talent? We revisit some old classics and sample some new ones along the way.

Course aim

Allowing students to explore work from film directors, actors, musicians and cinematographers who may be considered as 'different' - increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of what constitutes a cinematic work,performance or style which may be considered 'maverick'/different.
  • Gain the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to be able to analyse, comment on and/or review a film, a performance or production from a specific 'maverick'.
  • Be able to draw from their own knowledge and experience in expressing their own informed opinions when commenting on a film containing a 'maverick' performance, style or content.
  • Gain a confidence in discussing the subject area and in particular any aspects of a screen maverick's work which they themselves find important.
  • Develop a motivation & enthusiasm for the work of screen mavericks in general and issues arising.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Film Studies: Silver Screen Mavericks - From Actors to Directors & Beyond


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