Day School: Literature on Film

Ref: C2225252

From the early days of cinema, film has shared with the novel a passion for storytelling. Early pioneer of Silent Film, D W Griffiths, cited the novels of Dickens as an influence on his technique and to this day film-makers continue to use literature as an inspiration. Through a study of the process of adaptation from text to screen, the workshop will explore similarities of narrative technique, plot and characterisation in the two media. The course will make use of a wide range of video material and will aim to provide learners with the critical tools to enhance their appreciation of the art of film adaptation.

Course aim

To provide learners with critical tools to enhance their appreciation of both film and literature; improve learners' understanding of choices film makers face when adapting literature to the screen.

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:

  • Make informed judgements about the success or otherwise of film adaptations of literary works.
  • Identify similarities of form and content across the two media.
  • Describe the narrative techniques used by writers and film makers.
  • Describe the stylistic techniques used by writers and film makers.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • 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

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Day School: Literature on Film

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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