Nontheatrical Screenwriting for Film and Television
I actually had Ackerman for 133 in Spring 2011. My one advice is TAKE THIS CLASS. Some reviews say he is hard, some say easy..here's the DL on 133. The hardest part is the project at the end of the quarter. My TA had us turn in the first 30 pages of a screenplay (which is act1). However, as long as it is in proper format, you get an A on every assignment. As long as you go to class every week, turn in the work, and complete everything at the end of the quarter, you should have no problem. One word of advice-put some thought into your screenplay. It is so rewarding to have something you are proud of at the end of the quarter. I loved this class...and I am a south campus major.
I have completed this course with much dismay. While we were told our work was not graded but our overall grade would come simply from completing all assignments, I did not find this to be the case. I completed all work on time and had positive feedback from all of it, yet I received a B for this class. I have attempted to contact my TA to find out how my grade was calculated, to no avail. 4 emails have gone out to her and not once has she responded. Aside from that, the professor is an interesting character. I have no doubt that he knows his stuff and he seems to be available even after the class is over for those of you interested in a serious attempt at screenwriting. With that said, there seemed to be a disconnect from lecture to discussion, but with a good TA you should have no problem.