Initially, movies and film as a whole were a way to pass time. I never really analyzed what I liked about a movie or more importantly what I didn’t like, and why. This was until my first opportunity to look at film critically and think about what I am watching rather than just stare at the screen. Once I started to analyze the reasons I liked or disliked a film, my perspective shifted, and I was exposed to so many things I had no idea about regarding cinematic arts. Cinematic art was one of the studies that I just never really thought of until I was exposed to the detail and art behind film through critically analyzing it. However, I could not be more pleased with having been exposed to cinematic arts and changing my perspective on film.
Among the things that I was exposed to were some elements of filmmaking that I realized are crucial in my enjoyment of a film. Things like music, dialogue, visuals, and resolution I found to be elements of filmmaking that had to be right for me to really dive into the rest of the film. By realizing this, I was more critical of those aspects of a film and I could learn to appreciate different styles of filmmaking and using the elements of filmmaking. A great example of this was after watching the documentary about Mr. Rogers. The film had great music, dialogue with the interviews, visuals from Mr. Rogers life and career, and a resolution that I knew. The music was emotionally moving, the visuals of the animated tiger and past videos of Mr. Rogers incited feeling and described situations, the way that the people being interviewed were tied into the film and the resolution of his life issues. Were all aspects of that film that I enjoyed so much, but would not have recognized without the knowledge and skills I gained from exploring film and film criticism with a new perspective. Because of the knowledge, I gained in regards to filmmaking and criticism, I am able to think of films differently. A few of the new thoughts that I have from my new perspective on film and film criticism include pre and post-viewing thoughts. Before a movie, I like to think about what I might see, what I might like, and what draws me into a film based on the title or trailer. After watching a film, I think about what lived up to my expectations and provide a reason for why I liked or disliked an aspect of a film. These new thoughts and processes that I have found myself going through before and after a film could only have stemmed from my new found knowledge and perspective of film and cinematic arts as a whole. My perspective and knowledge of film and film criticism is something that goes beyond class and is a lifelong application of knowledge for someone like myself who enjoys watching films.