Film and cinema are ubiquitous elements of modern life. Yet the technologically advanced movies that we enjoy today have taken years to evolve, going back even to hand-shadow plays performed centuries ago, and it is only through understanding the roots of modern cinema and man’s desire for moving pictures that we can appreciate the beauty of film today.
This course is designed to guide students through the evolution of film and cinema from its ancient origins in hand shadows all the way through to modern-day blockbusters. It also introduces students to the special phrases and terms used by those within the film industry and teaches methods for critically analysing a piece of cinema, with a view to enabling students to write their own film review by the end of the course.
Quizzes and Exams
Why Take this Course?
This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying film, media, communications, or related subjects at university.
Aims and Objectives
- To appreciate the origins of man's desire to make films
- To understand the key eras that have come and gone throughout the history of film
- To appreciate cultural differences in attitudes to film and cinema
Key Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Understand the major stages of evolution in the history of film and cinema
- Write their own journalistic film review using the skills acquired