So, it’s January 16th and I’ve just received my new timetable on MyStudentRecord. All I’m really seeing right now are the two consecutive 9am lectures staring back at me. What a lovely way to start the new term. Anyway, the point of this blog post was not to moan about the horror of this timetabling (two three hour gaps on Monday and Friday? Please no) but to share some initial thoughts on what my new modules could possibly be about. As I’m joint honours, I always have both film and media modules to contend with, and this term I have two media and one film. And in the week running up to the new term, I’ll probably spend a good amount of time worrying about what these new modules could possible involve…
Okay, so my one and only film module is entitled Researching World Cinema. That doesn’t strike as much fear into my heart as it probably should, purely because I have studied world cinema before. If you were to walk into that module having never seen a foreign film before, you’d probably be dreading it. But I have seen some before. I’ve seen the downright cinematically beautiful with Fernando Meirelles’ City of God, the brutal and basically unwatchable with Gasper Noe’s Irreversible, and pure, honest film-making with Mathieu Kazzovitz’s La Haine. The main lesson I learnt from this was, if the film is French, there’s a 99% chance that Vincent Cassel will pop up in it. But these were your more ‘mainstream’ foreign films. Ones that many people, not just film nerds, have heard of. Based purely on previous modules, I have a feeling that the films I’ll be encountering in this module will be nicher than niche. Not that I have a problem with that. Studying niche films opens new doors and makes you appreciate more styles of film-making. Not to mention, you might just stumble across a film that you absolutely adore, as I did with City of God. I also have it on good authority that this module ends not with an essay, but with an exam. Boo. There’s not really anything I detest more than exams. I’ve long been under the belief that exams are no true test of intellect, but of how good your memory is. And mine is not great. I have a feeling that, up until that final exam, I’ll enjoy this module. Hopefully.
The first of my media modules is called Analysing Communication Processes. Just sounds like a collection of boring words at first, doesn’t it? And when I thought about it a bit more, it still does. It sounds to me like we’re basically going to be sifting through as many ways as possible to… do audience research? To find out how people connect with the media? I’m clueless at this point. But, again, I know there’s an exam waiting at the end. For the whole of first year, I never had to study for more than one exam at a time. And now there’s 2? For film and media? Double the stress, double the tears. For now, honestly, I don’t know what to expect. I just want to know why there’s a two-hour seminar involved.
And finally, Creative Audiences. Call me lame, but this. Sounds. Fun. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved studying audiences. Whenever there’s been a chance to involve audience research in an assignment, I’ve done it. So, because of that, I feel like I’m going into this module with an advantage. I studied audiences at A Level, I studied audiences in first year, and I studies audiences last term. I feel good to go. I’m also ecstatic over the idea that there’s no final exam tarnishing this whole module. Bring it on, I feel more ready than ever.