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CINEMA 107 Understanding Motion Pictures

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    Jan 22, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The course is pretty good. You get to learn a lot about movies. The title can be very misleading though, you aren't learning much about the analysis of a movie. You're more so learning the lingo and important movies in cinema and the categories they fall into.

    Course highlights:

    The Professor. Swelstad is very animated and passionate about film. Although he can run off on tangents every now and again, he's real, and that's all I could ask out of him.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't leave the cheat sheets (basically study guides) until the week before the test, you'll regret it! Join a study group or go to tutoring, it's free, helpful, and you get extra credit for it. He'll bump you up a letter grade just for going consistently.

    • Fall 2016
    • Swelstad
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions
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    Aug 17, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This was a very fun class! I enjoyed learning about the aesthetics of film while the teacher used visual examples. Any class that you get to spend most of it watching movies is a fun class in my opinion.

    Course highlights:

    The students get to watch movies/film and discuss the names of the shots used, the types of angles, lenses, and camera placements needed to create those shots, some basic names for types of editing, and much more on the basic aesthetics of film. There is also a small amount of film history which is needed to understand why certain procedures are used.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be sure to take great notes! There is nothing on the tests that isn't discussed in class and take use of any study material the Professor gives you.

    • Spring 2014
    • Daccurso
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions


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