11 July 2017
Choosing the best modules for yourself within your degree programme can be hard and sometimes nerve-wracking, especially when starting off your first year at university.
In semester 1 of my first year at ARU, I learned more about the basics of film theory, which set the grounds for practical modules I took in Semester 2. The Film Studies degree programme gave me two options to choose from. The first option was Introduction to Global Cinema and the second was Introduction to Video 2, a continuation of the module Introduction to Video 1 that I completed in Semester 1.
Since three of my modules in my 1st year were theory based I decided to balance out the modules by taking this practical module. Introduction to Video consisted of self-directed projects that helped me gain confidence in filmmaking. The experience in this module helped me build my knowledge in Premier Pro editing software and using cameras.
The second year at Anglia Ruskin University is busy but mostly exciting. It consists of many optional modules like Screenwriting: Script to Screen, Screenwriting: The Feature Film, Non-Fiction Filmmaking, and Intercultural Encounters in Global Cinema. My two favourite modules from the 2nd year were Non-fiction Filmmaking and 16mm Filmmaking.
In this module our instructor, Neil Henderson, allowed us to work with 16mm film and Bolex cameras to make a short film. We learned to work with both the 16mm film and the Bolex cameras. This taught me discipline and patience to create something unique and meaningful. This process slows down the filming process, which helps the filmmaker think about each detail within the frame, whether it be lighting or the objects in the frame.
In this module, we were assigned to film a portrait of a person based on their life and experiences. My group's portrait documentary followed a girl named Amy who was diagnosed with a rare disorder called mitochondrial disease. The film told stories about the many hardships Amy faced in her life because of the disease. Through this module, I developed the skills to shoot documentaries and learned how to reveal the truth through the lens of a camera.
To sum up, the Film Studies degree programme provides a wide range of modules to choose from. In my third year, I will be taking more practical modules like Working in English and Media to expand my skills as a filmmaker. You can find more details about the Film Studies modules on the course page.