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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.
This class was very clear and fun, even over Zoom. Although Verducci herself didn't lecture, you watch lecture videos of another professor who has done screenplays and has experience in the industry. The films you watch and get quizzed on are interesting, and the quizzes ask for relevant info. To be honest, if you only had time to skim before a quiz you'd still be good - just turn on the transcript of the lecture and search for keywords. The quizzes never asked about the films, just the readings, so you honestly just need to know the gist about them just for the discussion posts.
I absolutely LOVED this class! Professor Verducci is the nicest person and she is incredibly helpful. I had to take this class asynchronously because of Covid, but she was always available to meet over Zoom, which was super helpful. The class itself has a decent amount of work (lectures, movies to watch, scripts to read, discussion posts, quizzes, readings, all while starting your screenplay), BUT it's all highly entertaining and interesting stuff. I would recommend ordering the books, especially if you are looking to go into screenwriting, they are very helpful. I really enjoyed getting to plan out a whole screenplay, and my TA was so supportive and helpful throughout the process. Even if you are not looking to go into screenwriting, this class could be highly beneficial for those looking to go into movie-making, acting, or even just those who need a creative outlet. It seriously is just so much fun and I would recommend it to anyone!
Definitely take this class if you can. You literally just watch movies, read a few articles a week, and get to write your own screenplay. Yes, it is an easy A and you learn the elements of a screenplay and the fundamentals of a story.
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.