Jim Elderton selects sequences from his collection of around 500 films.

Jim Elderton selects sequences from his collection of around 500 films.

Learn to appreciate film at Vernon arts centre

The popularity of last year’s successful film appreciation class has prompted the Vernon Community Arts Centre to repeat the 10-part series.

The popularity of last year’s successful film appreciation class has prompted the Vernon Community Arts Centre to repeat the 10-part series.

Led by North Okanagan filmmaker Jim Elderton, sequences from around 10 classic movies will be screened each evening, concentrating on a particular type of film.

Approximately 90 films will be highlighted over the first nine evenings, ranging in genres from action and adventure, mystery and suspense, drama and romance, comedy and animation.

The final session will be devoted to a single film, to be chosen by the group during the first eight weeks, said Elderton, adding movie-making techniques will be highlighted at every session.

“Initially people might have their movie-going experiences messed up by an expanded awareness of what makes films successful, but eventually they’ll get past all that and appreciate movies all the more,” he said.

“There’s even an evening devoted to Alfred Hitchcock –– a pioneer of film-making techniques both in shooting and editing –– who is still considered the master of suspense.”

The series is supported by the Vernon Towne Cinema who, on the day after each session, will screen a Friday matinee of one of the films highlighted.

For information on classes offered at the Vernon Community Arts Centre, visit the centre at the east entrance to Polson Park behind the Okanagan Science Centre, call 250-542-6243, or check out vernonarts.ca