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BELIEVE THE GUY a couple of reviews below WHO SAID THIS CLASS IS NOT easy. The class is HARD and Ackerman told his TAs to start graded more harshly on your screenwriting: stupid things like: Does it have a logical plot? Is there a clear climax?, etc.etc etc. And when I went to him to tell him that I did have a climax, he was like "well thats not technically a climax in the film world". I was like WOW wut an ass. Avoid this class. It will hurt your GPA and is a lot of work.
the person below sounds like a lazy idiot ("I didn't want to do any of the work"). I hope the tool dropped out of UCLA in addition to this course, as he's (or she's) the reason why America is becoming stupid.
Hal is ranked as one of the easiest professors in all of UCLA and if anything, his class was too easy - a simple assignment every week. Yes, you have to do them, but that's about it.
All the people saying this class is easy are full of crap; I went looking for my 2 units of easy A and I didn't want to do any work. He makes you work!! You have to do a solid amount of work to get that A. On assignements, you don't get grades; just a check or a check minus. And if the TA is a jerk, which he was, all you need are 2 check minuses on homework to lower your grade from an A to an A-. Not exactly the kickback you expect. I dropped once I realized it was a sham. You were warned.
On the first day of class, Ackerman will put up a list of how NOT to get an A. The most difficult rules to adhere to were no texting and no sleeping. And with a class as interesting as this, neither of those rules were easy to break.
This is a fun, enjoyable, easy class. And who knows? Maybe you might learn a thing or two about screenwriting. Need I say more?
His class was really easy. There are some small assignments throught the quarter. Most of your grade comes from the 5-8 page paper.
Ackerman is an enthusiastic teacher. I didn't have any screen-writing experience coming into this class, but his class gave a general, if vague, understanding of what screen-writing is. He uses a lot of buzz words and generalizations to convey points in his lectures, but all in all, it was an interesting class.
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