December 08, 2010

Regan, Marie
Intro to the study and theory of film

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

Honestly, I don't think people are fair to Professor Regan. This may be an intro, but it's a 3000 level class... you should know that it's going to be harder than your average intro when you sign up for it. And yes she requires a lot of specificity, but that just makes you more prepared. You have to listen very very carefully in class because detail is very important, but she made makes most major topics very clear, and is available during the breaks to clarify things. I agree she definitely should have explained the presentations better. And to future people giving presentations in this class: know your theory REALLY well, because she will grill you on it if she doesn't think you know it.

So be warned - this class is very very hard, for sure. Be prepared to put in a lot of hours for each paper, and to learn a lot of detail. But if you're willing to work hard, this can actually be a really fun class.

Also she has never once mentioned how much better the columbia class is. I have no idea where the person below me got that.

Workload:

1 paper explaining theory in a (at least this year) fun-ish modern movie, 1 midterm, 1 final paper on theory in a pretty dense film.
3-8 hours per week, depending on whether or not you have a paper.