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Film Studies For Dummies by James Cateridge

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Chapter 20

Ten Tips for Becoming a Film Student

In This Chapter

arrow Digging deeper into film

arrow Developing good viewing and thinking habits

arrow Being passionate – but also open-minded and critical – about film

If this book achieves anything, I hope it whets your appetite for film studies and leaves you wanting more. Perhaps you may decide to take the plunge and attend a one-off film education event at a film festival or sign up for an evening class in film appreciation, or even pursue a university degree in the subject. In that case, you will want to know how to behave, what to talk about and (most importantly) how to impress your fellow students and tutors.

This chapter gives you some handy suggestions on ways to increase your film knowledge and engage more deeply with the films you love, as well as how to fit in and how to stand out from the cinema crowd.

Going to the Pictures Often

This recommendation may sound blindingly obvious, but you can easily get out of the habit of going to the cinema, particularly when money and time are too tight to mention. Plus, these days you have a range of different ways in which you can consume films (see Chapter 16 for examples).

But I strongly encourage ...

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