FILM TV 4

Introduction to Art and Technique of Filmmaking

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This class is cake, and I absolutely miss it. I was having a really tough time this quarter with my mental health and I always looked forward to this class. Rory wants you to understand the material, and he does a great job explaining it. My TA was a film veteran finishing up his degree, so he was a reliable source of information.

Midterm is in-class. You watch a couple of clips and respond to the prompts. Not too hard. Like I said, my mental health was shit, so I was always smoking weed. Pretty sure I took the midterm high, and I enjoyed writing it.

There's a take-home essay. Watch a few clips, respond to the prompts. The final is the best. You get to choose your own film to dissect, using the knowledge you've accumulated all quarter. I wrote all my essays high, and did well.

This class will change the way you view films, and you'll want to take it again. The professor is funny, well-versed, likes Led Zeppelin (doesn't matter but that makes him cooler.)

Also, we got to watch the original Blade Runner, set in Los Angeles, 2019, which is when I took this class :). TAKE THE CLASS IF YOU WANT A BADASS GE THAT YOU'LL FOR SURE GET AN A ON

Winter Quarter 2019
Jonathan Kuntz See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 5.0 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.5

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super easy class, but also super fun and interesting. it was a bit more work than expected but it was all very easy and if you like film you'll probably enjoy the work too. the class is definitely reliant on your TA because of covid so try to get a good one

Fall Quarter 2020
Kathleen McHugh See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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Grade breakdown: 20% attendance/participation (lecture/section), 10% short essay #1, 15% short essay #2, 20% midterm, 35% take home final essay.

This class was really time-consuming and had a lot of strict rules. This is not a chill GE. The readings due every class were dense and you had to read them to understand what was going on in the class. Slides were used in lecture and uploaded but there wasn't much useful information on them. Attendance was mandatory because TAs took attendance at some point every lecture. Phones and laptops weren't allowed in class and if you wanted to use your laptop you had to sit in the front row, and if they caught you with your phone you didn't get attendance credit that day. Section was mandatory but helpful because the TAs went over the readings and you did little group exercises to understand the material better.

I never went to Mchugh's office hours but in lecture she had strong opinions and totally disregarded the opinions of others (seemed arrogant). The course satisfies the diversity requirement which is good but I really didn't enjoy this class at all and wouldn't recommend it.

Fall Quarter 2017
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Class Breakdown:
Attendance and Participation: 15%
-- Attendance is required after the lecture and screening, you sign in with your TA. Attendance is also required in discussion sections, additionally, you should engage (ask questions, answer questions) in sections to get full participation points.

Mid-Term Exam: 25%
-- One part is multiple choice (it was insanely easy, like I'm pretty sure Professor Paredes said that the majority of the class got 90% and above on this portion). However, as she recognized it was really easy, I'm pretty sure she's going to make it harder in the upcoming years. I only got a question wrong on the multiple choice by studying the slides in class (she uploads them on CCLE). Additionally, she makes midterm review slides which makes studying even easier. I only studied the day before and again only got a question wrong.
The HARDER part of the midterm exam is the shot by shot analysis of a film. You have to identify formal elements of the shots, as she puts it on loop on the big screen. (Don't worry, she gives you the portion of the film before hand on CCLE which you can identify the formal elements beforehand and memorize them and bring them to class. I really appreciated that she did this, it would not have been possible to do this in the 1 hour midterm exam.)

Take Home Essays: 30%
-- You have two take home essays, which are relatively easy. The first one is only 750-800 words, I felt myself wanting to write more but was limited by the word count. The second one is 1000-1100 words, and is a little bit more difficult because you have to recreate a scene with different elements. (It's much more creative than the first one.)

Final Paper: 30%
-- Final is a paper! You have to present in your discussion section your thesis and your ideas about your paper. Your essay is about 2000-2200 words, and it has to be about a film that you didn't watch in class in where you analyze diversity themes such as sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, etc...

Grading Scale:
90 is an A !!! (80 is a B, and so on.)

The Professor:
-- Professor Paredes is a super nice, warm, and welcoming person. She's really educated (she got her PhD from USC), and she can some times be funny. But not the most entertaining lecturer, she's very monotone and I would sometime just zone out. HOWEVER, she's super organized and uploads EVERYTHING on CCLE which is super awesome, and I really appreciate that about her. She genuinely cares about your learning, she cares about the TAs, and she cares about her class.

Summary:
-- This class is really easy if you're a good writer and you can memorize certain stuff. I stopped going to lecture and the screenings after the midterm, and just signed up for attendance after the screening (she might change the way of taking attendance in the future.) I still got an A however.

Spring Quarter 2019
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Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.4 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.6

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super easy A. took this spring 2020, so all of this was online. basically you have to do quizzes each week on tuesday and thursday that had queastjons based on the lecture and the film that we were supposed to watch. i got an A in the class by basically googling the synopsis of the movie and didn’t watch any of the movies and averaged 9/10 on the quizzes. you also have to buy a textbook that have some of the info on the quizzes. you also need to do discussion questions once a week, which are about 250 words and you need to reply to 2 other people to get full question. depends on your TA, because some TA’s will grade discussion questions harder while others will basically give you full points if you meet the word count and do the assignment on time. if you notice your getting points taken off bc of no reason, GET ON YOUR TA’S ASS. when i took it, my TA was randomly taking off points for no reason that numerous students basically called her out to the prof, who told the TA in question to chill with her grading. you also need to do a two projects (one project anytime from weeks 1-5 and another project that was due anytime from weeks 5-10. that were incredicinlu easy and took me less than 1 hour each. there wasn’t a midterm and there wasn’t a final. bottom line, this is one of the easiest GE’s i’ve taken. highly recommend.

Spring Quarter 2020
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