An Essential Introduction to Film Studies

This entry level course provides the perfect introduction for anyone who wants to talk and think about film. Using extensive clips from a variety of Hollywood and European films the course offers an accessible introduction to some of the basic areas of film studies, such as mise-en-scène, authorship and genre.

This course is now sold out.

Beginners’ level – no prior knowledge required.

Price: £60 full / £45 concs. Bookings through Box Office (0161 200 1500).

Led by Maggie Hoffman, Freelance Film Lecturer

Please note: the will be no course on 16 October

After a brief overview of film history we will look at issues of film as an art form and then concentrate on individual aspects of film analysis, such as mise-en-scène, cinematography, sound, and editing. We will ask ourselves how these elements create meaning. The second part of the course will explore how the above aspects come together in the narrative film. We will look at a number of narrative types (genres). One emphasis here is the relationship between films and their audiences. Students will work with plenty of examples and gain practice in the analysis of all the above aspects of film studies.

The course also incorporates information on the Hollywood studio system as opposed to other approaches to narrative film making. The emphasis will be on US-American and European film and there will be two film screenings in the cinema (HIS GIRL FRIDAY and RUN LOLA RUN)

The overall aim of the course is to enable students to get to know a variety of films and their contexts, to begin to express their opinions on film in a more detailed, more informed way, and above all to enhance their experience of watching films.

Handouts and further reading suggestions will be provided during and at the end of the course.