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ENG 210 Intro to Film

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Lots of Writing

    Always Do the Reading

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    Dec 19, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is really interesting because it makes one start to rethink the way they watch movies. Throughout the semester, you learn that every aspect of making a film is very deliberate, and you become exposed to these intricacies and learn how to analyze them.

    Course highlights:

    This course exposes you to the significance of many aspects of film-making, from camera angles and editing, camera and character movement, sound design, costume design, and set design. This course teaches you that each of these seemingly insignificant aspects of a film actually contain a deeper significance. For example, a birds-eye shot angle suggests omniscience, a high-angle shot suggests vulnerability, and a low-angle shot suggests dominance. Editing tactics are also used to manipulate viewer emotions, such as a shot of a woman crying immediately cutting to the shot of a headstone in a cemetery. These are just a few examples of things learned. The textbook for this course was an invaluable resource, and it definitely helped inform the writing of the weekly papers completed in the course.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely buy and read the textbook each week. Since this is a film class, there will not be much information in the weekly lecture because time needs to be made for the showing of the film. The textbook is filled with a great deal of helpful information that will help you complete your weekly papers. Also, when there is a specific scene from a film that you wish to write about, check YouTube to see if the scene is on there. It will help refresh your memory and help you provide an even more detailed analysis. Moreover, as always, reach out to the instructor if you have any difficulties.

    • Spring 2017
    • SMITH GREG
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Feb 06, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it serves as an excellent start to the exploration for analyzing movies for content and provides an excellent base if one is looking for a career in either writing reviews/critiques or for creating movies themselves with knowledge on why films are as they are.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were watching several films and learning to watch them from an active standpoint rather than a passive experience.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    it is best to take your time and carefully consider what you write and don't be afraid to write your thoughts int5o the paper, this is a course that invites subjective reasoning as long as their is a connection to the content of the film.

    • Spring 2016
    • Smith
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Great Discussions

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