People are innate storytellers. Though the art of conveying a story has changed through generations, audiences still look to be fulfilled through storytelling. Today, film is one of the greatest communicators that connects audiences around central themes, evokes emotional responses, and gives us a vehicle to reflect on our own values.
In this course, we’ll use different methods to analyze Hollywood films. From visuals on the screen, to the music, and the narrative itself. We’ll apply a variety of film theories to derive meaning. Classes will be approximately 50% lecture with short video clips and 50% facilitated discussion.
Facilitator: Claire Sears — B.A. (Hons.) in Communications: Media, Culture, and Society (Brock University) and an M.Ed in Adult Education and Community Development (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto).
With over 15 years of experience in community theatre and film, the arts play a significant role in shaping Claire’s perspective of the world. As a passion project, Claire educates about film, pop culture, and social media, and the ways different media move us on a personal level.