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[FILM BC3200] Intro. to Film Production

October 03, 2017

Luckow, Sandra
[FILM BC3200] Intro. to Film Production

Easily the best professor I've ever had. This woman is an absolute gem...she is a beyond brilliant filmmaker and teacher. Her technical skills are exceptional. Perhaps the best professor I've ever had. I IMPLORE you to take her class if you can fit it into your schedule. Rather than so many of the arrogant professors you find at esteemed universities, Sandra is an actual, understanding, real human who wants to be your friend.

She has a tough sense of humor sometimes but she always means well. If she picks on you it means she likes you! I really hope I keep in touch with her.

Workload:

Weekly readings and movie screenings. Final film.

May 20, 2012

Luckow, Sandra
[FILM BC3200] Intro. to Film Production

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

At her best, Sandra is entertaining. At her worst, she is a self-aggrandizing, dismissive bully. She praised herself on her intimate teaching methods, which in reality was a messy/awkward mix of over-sharing and prying, never in ways that seemed relevant or conducive to the learning environment. The structure of the class was all over the place – we rarely followed the syllabus and she admitted several times that she was basically making it up as we went along (often blaming our class's inexperience as the hinderance.) The workload was not bad until the end of the semester when she expected us to cast, shoot, and edit a 10-minute film in two weeks.
Ultimately, I never got the sense that she cared about the success or education of her students nearly as much as she enjoyed hearing herself speak.

Workload:

Weekly readings and short reading responses, sporadic writing assignments, final film (10 minutes)

May 23, 2011

Luckow, Sandra
[FILM BC3200] Intro. to Film Production

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Your grade will reflect how much you enjoy the class and how much you like Sandra.

You will have a "love" or "hate" relationship with Sandra. Those who find themselves with the latter may try their best to suck up, cover up their disdain, smile a lot in class, look interested, and so on but the teacher's strong personality will ultimately render you unable to mask your dislike. and for that youll suffer consequences, be it small but obviously.

Sandra in turn, pokes fun at ALL her students equally, holds herself above others, and will probably NOT remember your name after you leave. She is brash and will say what's on her mind REGARDLESS OF ITS RELEVANCE TO THE CLASS. while she is enthusiastic she doesn't care about her students...or pretends not to, which is even more annoying.

This is supposed to be a very practical class.. I think? That being said, an entire semester devoted to filmmaking leaves you with little more than anything except a knowledge of finalcut, and that depends on what you decided to learn on your own.

Workload:

One film project per week. One 10 min final project.

December 26, 2010

Luckow, Sandra
[FILM BC3200] Intro. to Film Production

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This class is a huge amount of work and if you are not fully devoted to film, I would not suggest taking it. Some of the assignments were fun and interesting, but others were not and presented a struggle. This class is incredibly time consuming, but if you are interested in becoming a film maker, definitely take it.

Sandra is a really interesting woman. She has a great sense of humor and always has a ton of funny stories to tell. She is, however, very blunt and straight forward so it is necessary to have a thick skin upon entering her classroom. While she may tell it like it is without a filter, she truly cares about her students and her job.

Workload:

One film project per week, which includes production and editing.

November 10, 2010

Luckow, Sandra
[FILM BC3200] Intro. to Film Production

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This class is a TON of work. Do not take this class if you already have a tough work load. Every week you are responsible to film and and edit your work on Final Cut. The film shoot can take 5 hours and the editing process is another 5 hours. The class itself is also incredibly long. Also, there are reading responses due each week.

The positive is that Sandra is an easy grader and she realizes that mostly everyone in the class is a beginner. She doesn't seem to realize how much time and energy her class consumes for a student on top of all their other classes.

She is a really interesting person and I enjoyed her quirky sense of humor and her anecdotes. If you want to go into Film or Film Production this is probably the class for you. The talks a lot about the industry and obstacles you will face. I took this class just to fulfill my art req. - which i do not recommend doing.

Workload:

SO MUCH WORK AND TIME. Film and edit a film each week plus a weekly reading response

December 15, 2008

Luckow, Sandra
[FILM BC3200] Intro. to Film Production

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I disagree with the reviewer who based his/her review around Sandra's being "insufferably vain, pretentious and self-obsessed." She is not any of those things, nor should a professor's personality traits factor that much into how much one learns in a class. Sandra does talk about her work over the course of the semester, and she does criticize ours, but anything and everything she does in class is meant to help us learn what to do and what not to do, how our work is perceived by others, and what it is to be a filmmaker.

Sandra was an exceedingly dedicated instructor and mentor. Despite her busy schedule and the fact that she commutes to the city every week, she was perfectly willing to meet before or after class to help work on projects. In class, it is true that she could be quite critical about our work; it could be disheartening to have worked for hours upon hours on projects all week, only to be told that our methods and/or execution were way off. But that is the best way to learn to be a competent artist and filmmaker -- I would much rather have constructive and humbling criticism than idle and undeserved praise.

I learned so, so much in this class. I didn't always agree with Sandra's or the class's feedback, and in those instances, was never required to follow their advice. But every point of criticism or personal anecdote from Sandra contributed to my knowledge and experience in the field of film, to my development of a narrative voice, and most importantly, to the advancement of my own personal ideas of what should be considered good filmmaking. I never felt "humiliated;" it was always okay to disagree with Sandra, as long as you approached each class with an open mind and a readiness to learn.

So don't take this class if you can't take criticism; don't take this class if you have staunch opinions about your work that you're not willing to reconsider for the objective of becoming a better and more informed filmmaker. DO take this class if you are interested in filmmaking, don't know enough about it, and want to learn from an enthusiastic, honest, and dedicated professor with loads of experience, both as a professor and as an industry professional.

Workload:

A 3- to 5-minute project every week, leading up to a 10-minute final project during the last month. Occasional and very manageable reading. As time-consuming as you want it to be -- the more you put in, the more you get out!

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FLMB / FILM FLMB FILM BC3200: Film Production Sandra Luckow 2012 Fall W / 2:10- 5:00 PM 1
FLMB / FILM FLMB FILM BC3200: Film Production Marie Regan 2012 Spring T / 2:10- 5:00 PM 1
FLMB / FILM FLMB FILM BC3200: Film Production Sandra Luckow 2011 Spring W / 2:10- 5:00 PM 1
FLMB / FILM FLMB FILM BC3200: Film Production Sandra Luckow 2010 Fall W / 2:10- 5:00 PM 1
FLMB / FILM FLMB FILM BC3200: Film Production Sandra Luckow 2010 Spring W / 2:10- 5:00 PM 1
FLMB / FILM FLMB FILM BC3200: Film Production Sandra Luckow 2009 Fall W / 2:10- 5:00 PM 1
FLMB / FILM FLMB FILM BC3200: Film Production Sandra Luckow 2009 Spring W / 2:10- 5:00 PM 1
FLMB / FILM FLMB FILM BC3200: Film Production Sandra Luckow 2008 Fall W / 2:10- 5:00 PM 1