OSHR 1470 - In the Director’s Seat: Breaking Down the Story Behind the Movie

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

We’ve been watching movies our entire lives, and while we know what we like (and what we don’t!), we don’t always know why.

Close-reading a film is a technique used to "break down" storytelling components so that we better understand what’s working and what’s not. In this discussion-based class, scenes and script pages from a number of films will be examined to understand how the filmmakers created character journeys and narrative arcs, developed theme on multiple levels, and even how production requirements influenced creative choices.

Our curriculum will include The Iron Lady, The Descendents, The Artist, The King’s Speech, and Black Swan, and, we’ll dive into a film and topic of the participants’ own choosing.

See you at the movies!

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.