The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color

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The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color

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This Film History course explores how fundamental changes in film technology affected popular Hollywood storytelling. We will consider the transition to sound, and the introduction of color. This online educational experience is not equivalent to a college course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 16 reviews
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4 years, 5 months ago
As others said, a really fun course. Only downside is that it's a very casual course. One final quiz at the end of course, which is a compilation of the in- lecture quiz questions. In other words, it didn't feel up to the difficulty of an actual university film course. No writing, essays, etc. Nonetheless, I still learned many things. Learned about the transitions from silent to sound films, B&W; to color, and the different color technologies of the 30s-50s. And learned about how all of these technologies were used as creative tools by the filmmakers. You'll watch a variety of films in this course. The course load is 5-6 hours a week, but that's with watching two movies and two half-hour lectures...plus any rewatching/extra study you may do. So it's really only fun study, at least it was for me.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 4 months ago
i love film, and history; had studied a bit of the former, lots of the latter. Learned WAY more than expected from this course, Wesleyan's management of the MOOC was impeccable and Scott Higgins was a great lecturer: knowledgeable and generous-spirited.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
A fun and enlightening course, well taught. You can tell Prof. Higgins is not only extremely good at explaining the cinema vocabulary but also his enthusiasm and love for film is evident. It was fascinating to hear the influence of vaudeville as well as business and technical considerations that shape this art form and continue to do so. The films of various genres that were covered in this course (students were expected to seek them out) were great choices too.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 5 reviews
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3 years, 11 months ago
I've always watched and read about films but I had never taken a course in cinema. This was a very enjoyable course. The videos were interesting and informative. The workload wasn't too much, with only two films to watch a week plus the course videos and a test. It helped me think about sound and colour in a way I hadn't done before and has helped me think about new technologies such as digital and 3D and the challenges and opportunities they offer film- makers.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 2 completed
3 years, 11 months ago
I'm an experienced media student and film is by far one of my favorite subjects so I was instantly allured by this course. Prof. Higgins is very passionate about the subjects, he's fun to watch and inspires you to learn. The different eras taught on the course are milestones in more than one way and the lectures drive you through them in a very logical way. I was saddened when this course ended, I wanted more. Hopefully there will be others by Prof. Higgins and Wesleyan University on similar topics.
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4 years, 3 months ago
I've only recently developed any serious interest in film as an actual artform and I've gotta' say that this course, though almost painfully easy, really did a lot to expand my horizons. Before this course, I'd never been able to enjoy a silent film, but I was thoroughly entertained by both of the silent movies we watched in the first week. It's all about how much you engage with the material presented by Professor Higgins, who is very knowledgeable and passionate about the films presented. He presents a variety of films, some that I'd have never watched had I not taken this course, and provides some very thoughtful commentary on each, highlighting aspects of the film making process as they grow and develop. You have to take this class if you're a budding film buff.
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4 years, 6 months ago
Really fun and very good lectures. The film selection is not what I expected but relevant to the course.
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4 years, 7 months ago
Lots of fun and packed with information. The professor was great, friendly, informal and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed picking up movie title on the discussion boards.
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