As a Film Student, what films should I watch?

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I am studying Creative Media Production - TV, Film and Sound, and hoping to go to university to study Film. I am really interested in learning more about different films, how they were made, sound, editing styles, actors, directors etc.I really want to go in depth with it so it can make my mind more interested and creative.

What films, and even television shows should I be watching as a film student? So, that I have clear understanding of film itself. For example, when I go to make a film in college/uni, I want a film style that I will be able to relate to!

I don't really know how to word this lolol, so I hope somebody out there understands me haha!

Thank you
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(Original post by ChelsLPurdy)
I am studying Creative Media Production - TV, Film and Sound, and hoping to go to university to study Film. I am really interested in learning more about different films, how they were made, sound, editing styles, actors, directors etc.I really want to go in depth with it so it can make my mind more interested and creative.

What films, and even television shows should I be watching as a film student? So, that I have clear understanding of film itself. For example, when I go to make a film in college/uni, I want a film style that I will be able to relate to!

I don't really know how to word this lolol, so I hope somebody out there understands me haha!

Thank you
I've been offered a place on one of the best Film degrees in the country and this is the advice they've given to students who want to get a bit more experience in Film. Hope this helps!

As well as going to the cinema regularly over the next couple of months, watch television, particularlydramas, sitcoms and documentaries. Try to see things you might not normally watch and think aboutthem critically.

FILM

While many students are familiar with current popular film genres, they are often less familiar with olderfilm classics. If your background in film is limited try to watch some of the following:
- Silent Hollywood:Films of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, DW Griffith (Intolerance, The Birth of a Nation)
- Classical Hollywood (1930s, 40s and 50s):The films of Orson Wells (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, The Magnificent Ambersons) and AlfredHitchcock (North by Northwest, Vertigo, Psycho)
- Genre films such as:
- Musicals (On the Town, Singing in the Rain, The Band Wagon)
- Crime/Gangster films (I was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, the original Scarface, PublicEnemy)
- Westerns (Stagecoach, The Searchers, Red River)
- European Cinema:
- Soviet Cinema of the 1920s:
- Sergei Eisenstein (Strike, Battleship Potemkin, October, Alexander Nevsky)
- V. Pudovkin (Mother, The End of St. Petersburg)
- Dziga Vertov (Man with a Movie Camera)
- Italian Neo-Realism:
- Roberto Rossellini (Paisa, Rome Open City, Germany Year Zero)
- Vittorio De Sica (Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D.)
- Frederico Fellini (La Strada, I Vitelloni)
- The films of Jean Renoir (La Grande Illusion, Le Crime de Monsieur Lange, La Regle du Jeu)
- The films of Jean Luc Godard and the French New Wave, including filmmakers such asFrancois Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol
- British Cinema:
- Ealing Comedies (Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Ladykillers, Whisky Galore)
- The films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes, A Matter of Life andDeath, A Canterbury Tale)
- New Wave films of the 50s and 60saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A Taste of Honey, This Sporting Life, The Loneliness of theLong Distance Runner
- Dogme films:The Idiots, Festen

TELEVISION

- The Sopranos (1999), season 1, HBO
- The Wire (2002), season 1, HBO
- Mad Men (2007), season 1, AMC
- Red Riding (2009), Channel 4
- Louie (2010), season 1, FX

SOME CONTEMPORARY FILMMAKERS

- Paul Thomas Anderson: Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, The Master
- Wes Anderson: Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand BudapestHotel
- Asghar Farhadi: About Elly, A Separation, The Past
- Michael Winterbottom: The Trip, The Killer Inside Me, The Road to Guantanamo, 24-Hour PartyPeople
- Charlie Kaufman (writer): Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Spike Jonze: Being John Malkovitch, Adaptation, Her
- Pedro Almodovar: Volver, All about my Mother, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,The Skin I Live In
- Wong Kar Wai: Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express

You might keep a journal of the films/programmes you watch and comment on and assess them in termsof script, structure, performance, visual style, etc. See if you can make connections between what you'veread and what you see.
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That's great advice!!!

What Film Degree have you been offered, and where?

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That's great advice!!!

What Film Degree have you been offered, and where?

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BA Film at the University of Westminster. I can't stress enough how much you should consider this course if you want to study Film at uni. Each year there are over 1000 applications for 60 places and the applications process is rigorous and selective. The person who wrote Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre, Johnny English... came from this course, as well as loads of other really big people in the industry. Best of luck and with the motivation you've shown by looking to widen your film knowledge of your own accord, I have no doubt that you'll have a decent shot at getting in!

P.S. Remember to reply to people's specific posts otherwise we don't get notifications to see that you've replied
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I am studying Creative Media Production - TV, Film and Sound, and hoping to go to university to study Film. I am really interested in learning more about different films, how they were made, sound, editing styles, actors, directors etc.I really want to go in depth with it so it can make my mind more interested and creative.

What films, and even television shows should I be watching as a film student? So, that I have clear understanding of film itself. For example, when I go to make a film in college/uni, I want a film style that I will be able to relate to!

I don't really know how to word this lolol, so I hope somebody out there understands me haha!

Thank you
Not even sure what to advise. There are many good films of various sorts.
I would suggest maybe watching my own video about my travels in the People's Republic of China - on YouTube.
Anyway.. good luck !
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