Day School - The Magical World of Cinema: How to Read a Film

Ref: C3741459

HOW TO READ A FILM: All films are made, constructed. Whether art house or block buster, all films are composed of identical cinematic DNA: directing, editing, cinematography, sound, lighting, acting and script. In this introductory day school, we will explore how these basic film elements work together to create a story, to locate it in space and time, make it come alive and generate those intensities of feeling we all recognise as film spectators. Our goal in identifying and understanding film elements is to enable everyone to better appreciate how films work. Also, being able to read a film will provide students with a common language for discussing films, which is useful both for personal reflection and for talking about films with others.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

In this informal day school, we’ll learn to "read" films as a way of increasing our knowledge about what film elements are and how they fit together to make a film.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify the basic elements of film construction
  • Understand how these film elements work together
  • Begin to read a film

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

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

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Day School - The Magical World of Cinema: How to Read a Film Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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