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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!
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.
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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