One question I don’t think gets asked enough when discussing film is “how did it make you feel?” Along with, “was it effective in delivering its message? And did it inspire as it meant to?” After all, these are the reasons I got into film studies in the first place, because film is inspiring. I watch the critically acclaimed La La Land yesterday. A spontaneous meet up with a very good friend led to heading to the cinema to see the 9:45pm showing, and dear God was it amazing. I had been dying to see it since I watched the trailer, and even with an overly noisy (and dare I say drunk) group of people a row across from us, it was the most inspiring film I’ve seen this year. Being that we’re only seventeen days into 2017, I’m not sure how much that says, but it really is a beautiful film, and it reminded me of why I do what I do. It reminded me of why I study and strive to build myself up to do something (hopefully) world-changing. Films feed the soul, or at least they feed mine. Showing heartbreak and loss, defeat and destruction, love and hope, success and creation… Films show us the worlds outside the ones we live in, perspectives we’ve never even thought of, and we can even watch from the comfort of our very own homes.
During the 2015-16 academic year I was able to take a film module that I am very passionate about. Its aim was to teach us to analyse television drama. For me the best part was that all the case studies were Joss Whedon TV shows. One of the assignments was to write a close analysis of a section from one episode, maximum of three minutes. I chose a section from my favourite scene, from my favourite TV show. I found out, after watching the episode again with commentary from Whedon himself, that it was also his favourite scene from the show.
I received some really helpful feedback on this assignment, so I’ve made a few adjustments from its original submission, and have expanded it from its original 1,250 word limit,
as here I have don’t have a specific word count.
Hopefully it’s a little better now.
… Also: SPOILERS