Film Studies: Shooting Stars -the Big Screen Biopic

Ref: C3673216

Exploring varied cinematic retellings of the lives of well-known painters, writers and musicians, what are the common features, do they always do their subject justice and do these big-screen biopics perhaps reveal more about other factors surrounding the finished film? We examine so well-known and perhaps less well-known biopics, understanding more about the artist, director's 'vision' and aspects of production behind the finished film, some successfully achieved and others less so.

Course aim

Exploring cinematic biopics of well-known painters, writers and musicians and in doing so understanding more about the artist and key aspects behind the finished film production.

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 biopic.
  • Gain the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to be able to analyse, comment on and/or review a big screen biopic.
  • Be able to draw from their own knowledge and experience in expressing their own informed opinions when commenting on a big screen biopic.
  • Gain a confidence in discussing the subject area and in particular any aspects of a cinematic biopic or which they themselves find important.
  • Develop a motivation & enthusiasm for the biographical cinema in general and issues rising from it.

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: Shooting Stars -the Big Screen Biopic


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