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Such an interesting and easy class. If you are in any way interested in film I highly recommend. Even if you aren't this is a really great class to take. Verducci does not do the lectures, they are prerecorded, but she appeared enthusiastic about the class and about students learning. Great class.
This was a really good and easy class. Lectures are pre-recorded and asynchronous so you can go at your own pace. Assignments and quizzes aren't difficult, and you get a lot of help with writing your screenplay. Discussion board points are also basically just points for completion. The professor offers three extra credit zoom sessions throughout the quarter too! Even though it was asynchronous and I didn't have that much contact with the professor I thought that she was a sweet person and I wouldn't have hesitated to ask her help if I needed it. I would recommend this class 100%!!
This class was asynchronous so there was no live lecture, just pre-recorded videos. There was no midterm, just one final that consisted of students writing the first 10 pages of their own screenplay. There are free screenwriting app options - I used one and it worked just fine. The readings are provided, and the assignments are just to read and watch the movies. You don't really have to read the screenplays, but it helps to use them as a reference if you need help formatting your screenplay. Overall, the class is very easy and informative, and it's especially useful if you plan to have a career/hobby in creative writing.
This class was asynchronous and lectures were actually performed by Professor George Huang. Professor Verducci only ever instructed during extra credit lectures. She was very accommodating in terms of grading, especially when the strike began. The final project was to write the first 10 pages of your screenplay, but you begin brainstorming ideas for this script from the very first discussion board. I probably learn the most out of all my courses this quarter in this film class.
This class is comprised of:
weekly quizzes - 10%
weekly discussion boards - 30%
weekly assignments - 35%
final project - 25%
Love this class! For the homework you get to watch movies, and for the most part they're pretty entertaining. The workload isn't insane and it's actually a fun class.
Fun, interesting class, learned a lot about screenwriting. Prof. Verducci was very nice and I always really enjoyed going to class.
Participation was mandatory, had to sign in at the end of every class. Grade consisted of 4 quizzes (just need to pay attention to what she says in class, review the slides), 1 treatment outlining the plot of your story, and the first 10 pages of your screenplay.
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An interesting, straightforward class. Show up, listen, apply the material learned in lecture directly to your assignments, and you'll do fine. Lecture and discussions were engaging. Attendance and participation are required.
This class was fantastic. Consisted of 7 films we had to watch/read the script of throughout the quarter. They were "Legally Blonde, Whiplash, Winter's Bone, Ladybird, Moonlight, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Get Out." I don't know if these will change in the future but I am sure they will. The films were part of the quiz content we had to know and used to help guide the lectures. In lectures however, numerous clips of many, many other films were shown to help illustrate certain points made in slides. The grading consisted of in class quizzes, a treatment, a script, and participation. The 4 quizzes were very straightforward. They were based on lecture slide material and content from the films that had to be watched/read. All MC, some had short answer questions but they weren't bad at all. There is no final or midterm in this course. The "Main" assignments that you have are to create your own first 10 pages of a script, and a treatment for your film, and you have all quarter to do it (about half the quarter for the treatment). The TA's and Professor Verducci really help guide you through this process and it is a beginning level screenwriting course so grading is very forgiving. The treatment is a 3 page act by act summary of how your film will play out, but the script assignment only requires the first 10 pages, so the exposition. You can really get creative and bring to life any idea for a film you have ever had in your life and it's actually pretty cool! Lectures were very fun to go to, but one thing that bothered me a little was that she does not allow cellphones in lecture and makes sure her TA's watch like hawks so nobody is on their phone; of course I still used my phone but that was a little annoying. It was cool to see so many scenes of films I love being shown and discussed in class and I genuinely learned a lot more about films and scripts in this course. Professor Verducci really knows what she is talking about, she has worked for numerous film companies overlooking story structure and decision making, including Pixar! She is super sweet and willing to see anyone during her office hours and help anyone who needs it. One of the nicest professors I have ever had! Definitely take this course, it will not get in the wya of your other courses and it is extremely interesting and fun , and you will come out feeling very accomplished as you will have actually written a script by the time the class is over!
The class was pretty easy and fun. She is engaging but beware she will force participation so be ready to actually do the little in class assignments and share them. Also she has a very strict attendance policy which was a pain considering you didn't really have to pay attention in lecture to do well. The lectures were sometimes a lot of fun when we did class activities like writing a movie or scene together. The in-class quizzes were easy if you read the textbook, watched/read the assigned films, and had some basic intuition for things like narratives and stuff. Your TA grades all your assignments and it's not based on how "good" it is but rather how you adhere to the concepts taught in class, which was nice. One thing that did bother me was that she did not trigger warning any of the clips she played, some of which included pretty gruesome violence/gore and police brutality (during which one girl had to leave the room). A little consideration goes a long way for things like this.