Monday, October 31, 2016

Prior film Experience

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Before this class I'd say I watched a lot of movies. I watched more recent movies than classics though. For example, I'd never seen Psycho before this class. The genre of movie I watch on my own varies. I've seen some older movies such as Pygmalion, I usually watch comedies, superhero movies or action movies. Among my favorites are Rush Hour, Captain America and Spectre. I generally enjoy most movies I've seen. I don't think there's many movies I absolutely hated. However, there are some that I wouldn't go out of my way to see again. I'm not sure why I don't really like those movies. I think it has something to do with the way their written, whether it's that they're badly written or I just didn't enjoy the story line.

A few summers ago, I took a film music class at a summer program. There I learned how music correlates to the overall feel of a scene and how music is used to make the viewer feel a certain way. Before that class I never thought about how music fits into the movie. Other than that I'd never analyzed a movie while I was watching it. I do like analyzing movies now that I know what to look at. I can tell where the movie is going next based on the music playing in the background. Analyzing movies helps me understand the story better.

I really enjoy watching movies because they let you see a world that doesn't really exist. Through watching movies, you can pretend you're anything. You can be a spy, a superhero, anything imaginable and once it's over you can go back to your normal life without the repercussions of actually being that character. I think it's amazing that you can be someone else for an hour or two and take a break from real life.

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