Cultural Commission plans film appreciation seminar

The Waynesboro Cultural Commission is offering a film appreciation seminar by Matthew Marshall, Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center (126 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro).

Marshall has taught “The Art of Watching Film” for three years at the University of Virginia’s Personal Enrichment Programs and is offering an introductory lecture based on that course.

What separates a great film from the ordinary? In this presentation, you will learn how to read a film and gain the critical viewing skills to move beyond simply looking at a movie. You’ll study the language of film and examine the tools and techniques that filmmakers use to create meaning in their work, including lighting, sound, symbolism, and perspective. You will explore why certain shots are used, why scenes are lit a certain way, why characters and objects are in a particular arrangement. 
The lecture is for anyone interested in getting more out of their film watching experience as well as for filmmakers and writers who would like to advance their craft into more formal directions.

There is no charge for the seminar, but class size is limited, so register by calling the Wayne Theatre Alliance at 540.943.9999.


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