Every film is different in the way it makes us feel and the story it tells. It takes a talented filmmaker to wield their craft to join their films together with signature stylistic cues and thematic elements. Auteur Theory explores the concept of the film as a reflection of the director’s vision – not just in a single film, but also across the breadth of a director’s work.
In this course, we’ll examine a number of case studies of Auteur Theory in Hollywood cinema. Each week, we’ll discuss the sensory cues throughout the director’s collection of films, as well as the themes that run through their narratives. We’ll unpack the messages that their style and stories communicate, and what it says about our culture. We will also discuss criticism against Auteur Theory and debate the validity of both sides of the argument. Classes will be approximately 70% lecture and short video clips and 30% 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. As a corporate trainer, Claire has been working in the healthcare industry for nearly a decade. By day, she trains healthcare professionals on digital systems that support patient care.