DAY SCHOOL Film and Film Music

Ref: C2224026

A course which explores the role of music in film, with reference to key composers such as Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann and John Barry. This is an appreciation course but will be anchored in the study of film and technique.

Course aim

Do you love cinema and especially film music? If so you should enjoy this course. You will engage with a wide range of different kinds of films, developing skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection on how sound and in particular music is employed to underscore and make meaning in film. You will also learn about some of the techniques employed by film composers and directors

Who is the course for?

There are no particular skills requirement other than an interest in films and cinema and a willingness to develop critical skills. The level of the course will be somewhere between a general introduction and an A level, through to first year underg

What topics will this course cover

You will develop skills in Micro analysis of Film pertaining to the use of sound. Extracts from films demonstrating particularly memorable and imaginative uses of music will be examined and discussed. The course will focus on how music has been used to heighten the experience of film in the genre – some examples will include Horror/Thriller films and the unique use of music in particular film genres. We will look at the work of several important Film Music composers including Ennio Morricone and John Barry. The course will also cover an overview of the History of Film Music.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. De-construct and analyse a film sequence using technical language in micro detail with particular reference to sound. 2. Examine the work of some major film music composers. 3. Evaluate the ingenuity of the integration of music and drama in creating film texts. 4. Produce a storyboard and or step outline or film script of your own with a soundtrack. 5. Critically analyse how the Film Music industry works, and the mechanism of the support of the Fan base.

How will I know I'm making progress?

There will be opportunities to discuss and test the development of your knowledge, appreciation and analytical skills, through open discussion, frequent plenaries and question and answers. You should also start to develop an enquiring mind as to how film makers make meaning. As you develop confidence your skills of evaluation and appreciation will develop also.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?


Reading and information sources

Web site resources provided

What could the course lead to?

The course could be a starting point for another course of film study with the WEA or another provider. Your course tutor would be happy to devise a course which explored film analysis further! You could join a film appreciation group – just like a Book Reading circle or pursue your own course of studies. You may even consider pursuing film study at a higher academic level as there are many courses available throughout the UK. You may also increase your CD collection of Film Music having discovered many new film scores.

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DAY SCHOOL Film and Film Music Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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