At present, Get the Picture is offering one programme, comprising 15 sessions in all, divided into three segments of five sessions each. When you register, you register your group for just one segment at a time, which entails five group discussions and some optional individual study.
Each study session in this programme requires study group members to watch one episode of Mark Cousins’ series of film essays The Story of Film: An Odyssey, and then take part in a guided discussion about the content of the episode.
Some of the study questions require the group to have all watched one or two of the Key Films specified in the notes (films that Mark Cousins has cited as notable). For those with time, there is an abundance of suggested individual study in each set of study notes, mostly using online sources.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey is a wonderfully accessible and wide-ranging history of film-making around the world. It has a unique voice, idiosyncratic and provocative, and it constantly brings new facets of its subject matter into focus. Because of its historical organization, it makes sense to take the the programme segments in sequence. This means that if you’re starting out, you need to register for Segment One. In each set of study notes, the individual actvities are co-ordinated with the historical issues covered in the episode they relate to. To see how this works, download a sample of the study notes here.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey has been used as a learning tool very successfully in a wide range of contexts around the world, as Mark Cousins outlined in Sight and Sound in May 2012. Get the Picture aims to add to these contexts, by providing for and supporting community-based study groups.