What Every College Student Can Learn From Cinematography

What college students can learn at the movies.

College students spend a considerable amount of time studying, and it is normal they want to relax and with some popcorn and a movie from time to time. There is a survey that shows that young people watch between 10 and 20 films per month and over 2 hours of TV per day. However, to get the most out of cinematography, you can watch movies or television series to develop some skills. Here are some ideas.

Learn a foreign language

Have you ever wished to learn German/Spanish/Japanese? If your answer is yes, then surf the Internet to find your favorite movie or TV series, be sure it has subtitles, and watch it in another language!

Hint: try to understand the whole sense, but not the meaning of each word.

Discover more about your profession

When you’re a student and you’re thinking about your future field of work, here are some TV series that can help you:
• Law. ‘Suits’.
• IT. ‘The IT Crowd’.
• Engineering. ‘The Big Bang Theory’
• Politics. ‘House of Cards’.
• Sports. ‘Ballers’.
• Advertisement & PR. ‘Mad Man’.
• Medicine. ‘House’.
• Art (Music). ‘Mozart in the Jungle’.

While you’re studying, try to learn more about your profession. Of course, TV scenes can be idealized, so be sure to do more research if you think you might enjoy a particular profession based on watching television.

Broaden your mind

What is your favorite film genre? Whether it is a biography, an action, a comedy, or any other, you can enjoy it while broadening your mind. For example, if you need to research a well-known person, try to find a film depicting his or her life; it can be both entertaining and educating.

As I am a film fan, I have my own ‘best movies list’.

Here are my choices for the three greatest films:
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door with Til Schweiger. Enjoy every moment of your life!
The Intouchables with Omar Sy. Never give up and struggle for better life.
Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio. Understand the line between dreams and reality.

You may not have thought about it, but you probably have your list of best films too. Maybe it is high time to watch them once more?

There are also many characters on the screen that can teach you something as well. Check out these memorable quotes that follow.

Top 5 popular characters and their best quotes:

Marge Simpson, The Simpsons: “History’s like an amusement park. Except instead of rides you have dates to memorize”.

Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones: “Death is so final, whereas life is full of possibilities”.

Joey Tribbiani, Friends: “You can’t just give up! Is that what a dinosaur would do?”.

Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother: “When I’m sad, I stop being sad, and be awesome instead! True Story…”.

Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl: “Have a little faith, and if that doesn’t work, have a lot of mimosas”.

From my experience, watching movies is more than entertainment: it can inspire and motivate you. For example, I decided to create a new web tool called AdverbLess, when I have found several movie bloopers.

To sum up, if you want to become a successful student while not sacrificing your personal life, use movies and television series as educational tools.
Andrew HoweAndrew Howe is fond of languages and literature, so he has developed AdverbLess tool to help people hone their writing skills. Plus, Andrew loves to keep in touch with different people and win new friends, so don’t hesitate to contact him via email: andrewhowe306@gmail.com


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