This class was tough.
I learned a lot from this class, but it was a bit too much for me as a freshman. This instructor gives a lot of writing work, a presentation is required sometime in the semester, and the entire class meets up once a week to watch that week's movie. It's a very time-consuming class, and even the upperclassmen in the class said that it was one of the hardest film classes they had ever taken. It was very informative, I learned a lot, and there was some great discussion, but I would not recommend a first-semester freshman take it; it's a bit too much to take in.
The main thing I learned taking this class was how to write a good analysis using formal features that we learned about in the book. I learned how to identify and label certain details in films and also how to identify what kind of film it was (time period, style, etc.) Also, I learned to speed read, since we had a quiz every Monday on every chapter of the book.
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Advice for students:
-Be prepared to write... a lot -Do your readings over the weekend; there's a quiz every Monday -Start working on your big analysis papers early on in the semester -Speak up in class; participation counts a lot -Go to office hours with any questions you have