How to read a film: an introduction to Film analysis

Ref: C2224738

A general introduction / beginners guide to the study of film and to expand general knowledge of the subject. All the key elements of film studies will be introduced from analysis to genre and narrative. Use of camera, editing, analysis. A good place to start

Course aim

An introduction to film analysis with special reference to Fritz Lang's expressionistic SF film "Metropolis".

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Knowledge of mis-en-scene analysis
  • Discuss editing techniques and terms
  • Explain how the camera works: shots and movement
  • Recognise how sound is used in film
  • Describe analytical approaches including narrative and genre

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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How to read a film: an introduction to Film analysis Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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