As for a film student, movies are for me a much more important thing than just entertaining. For quite a big part of the general audience going to the movies is a way to spend a night out and to have fun. However, I believe that watching a film as a passive audience member — someone who notices only the basic actions without digging deeper into the meanings — is just not worth it. But how we can engage with a film to be active?
First, many people consider that one can get a proper engaging experience while watching a movie only in cinema. Personally, I don’t agree with it — and it’s not only me. Nowadays, people don’t go to the movies that often because the audience lost the basics of etiquette. Those who come to the cinema to watch a film are being highly distracted by popcorn-eaters, phones, people talking out loud right in the middle of the film. The problem of losing the interest to the cinema is not because of the increasing popularity of streaming and downloading — it’s because of those who surround us (Hudson, 2018).
So, I’d prefer to watch a film at home. But it is also about how you watch it. In order to be an active audience member, you need to focus a lot on the details to be engaged with different meanings of the film and get your own perception of the presented ideas. Trying to understand characters’ motivations and analyze the relationships between everything that is included in the frame (A Word on Film, 2018).
I believe that no matter where you watch a film, you need to try to be as active as it is possible in order to get a proper personal understanding of this piece of art.
A Word of Film. (2018, April 12). How to Be An Active Audience Member. Retrieved 2018, April 16 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuCzgTBdRUQ
Hudson, P. (2018, March 28). Popcorn pigs and mobile phone callers – people don’t go to the cinema any more because of other people says Polly Hudson. Retrieved 2018, April 16 from https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/going-out/people-dont-go-cinema-any-12268001#comments-section
Movie Theater [Online image]. Retrieved from http://www.talkfilmsociety.com/articles/why-i-stopped-going-to-movie-theatres-the-death-of-etiquette