Introduction to Film Appreciation
What you'll learn
- Understanding stages of filmmaking
- Understanding why cinema is a Director’s medium
- The grammar and language of cinema
- The principles of film appreciation
- Understanding whether cinema is science, art or commerce
- Breakdown of the opening scene of a popular Hollywood film
- Breakdown of a popular animation short film
- Interest in Cinema and access to film viewing
Most of us have at least one cinema-related story or a happy movie memory to share. In addition to that, we are also living in a world where audio-visual media is rapidly becoming the primary mode of communication. From WhatsApp forwards in the video format, to memes which convey an idea in one image, and now online classes and workspaces across the globe due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the need to deciphering the meaning behind visual representations is imperative. Going forward, it will probably be among the most important skills one can acquire to avoid being manipulated by images, videos, and films. Restricting our access to film and audio-visual media may work as a solution in the short term, but the long-term goal should be to enable children and adults to become discerning consumers of media. With this aim, we seek to introduce you to basic concepts and ideas in film appreciation, which will enable you to articulate your thoughts about the movies you watch. The course will also familiarise you with the thought process that goes behind creating an experience for the film viewer, which is a collaborative effort between the director, cinematographer, production designer, editor, sound designer, actors and the other members of the crew.
Who this course is for:
- Anybody who is interested in beginning cinema studies
Abhinav has extensive practice in the areas of film-based learning, experiential learning, process lab, and classroom-oriented training. His experience in the IT business domain helps him contextualise training programmes and interactions. A writer and filmmaker by passion, Abhinav has been exploring his creative side for many years studying films and delving into its various processes. He is a Co-founder of Breakfast at Cinema, where he is also a Chief Facilitator.
Shibangi began her career in Human Resources with a US-based manufacturing MNC, specialising in employee relations. A love for the English language and a childhood dream led her to journalism, gradually culminating in a career in cinema. She last worked with one of India's most trend-defining film production houses before Co-founding Breakfast at Cinema, where she is a Chief Facilitator. Shibangi is an avid observer of human interactions.
Breakfast at Cinema Training and Consulting LLP is an initiative aimed at utilizing the moving images for individual growth and enhancing group dynamics, We began our journey in 2014. Our work is rooted in our love for cinema. We use films to facilitate individual and group development. Since our inception, we have influenced individuals and groups across ages, economic backgrounds, institutions in various sectors, and geographical boundaries to bring about awareness and positive impact.
Our methods of facilitation help individuals and groups in organisations become aware of their patterns and channelize them constructively towards larger goals. For younger audiences, we use cinema as triggers to help students understand their perspectives, choices and value systems. We believe in equipping our future world-shapers with the life skills that layered readings of cinema can help imbibe.
Media literacy has been at the center of all of Breakfast at Cinema's work.