Should I take this class? Or not?
Well, there are no prerequisites, but since it is a senior level film class, I expect that you know how to how to follow directions, how to write a persuasive essay, and that you have some basic knowledge of film analysis. This is not an introductory composition class nor is an introductory film analysis class, nor is it a class where we sit and watch movies while eating popcorn. If you don't know what a thesis is, what mise-en-scene is, what a shot is, what a dissolve is, what the continuity editing system is, what an auteur is, how to access UF's online course reserves, how to research peer reviewed journal articles, think wikipedia and imdb are reliable sources of information for UF class work, have never checked a book or journal out of the UF library, rely on google for all your knowledge needs, don't like to analyze films, and don't like to talk in class, then this couse is not for you. If I need to explain to you the funamentals of composition in my commens on your paper, you'll get a "C" or less.
Grading on papers
If you don't put your name on your paper, it's an automatic E. If you don't have a proper title, it's an automatic E. If you don't have a thesis, it's an automatic E. One third of your grade will be based on your title; one third on your thesis; and one third on the rest of your paper.
A to A- =a title that accurately describes your paper; followed directions, like putting your last name first in your word document (as in Bush.doc); a very strong thesis; well-written and well-organized; insightful analysis using film terms (kind of shots, length of takes, the mise-en-scene, focus, camera movement or lack thereof, lighting, camera angle, and so on); no typos. Memorable.
B+ to B- =a thesis that is clear but not as convincing as it needs to be; followed directions, like putting your last name first in your word document (as in Bush.doc);good analysis but without film terms; a few problems in writing and organization; a typo or two.
C+ to C- =no title at all; didn't followed directions, like putting your last name first in your word document (as in Bush.doc); unclear or weak thesis; plot summary; absence of analysis; poorly written and poorly organized; many typos. A C or C-, assuming you are trying to do well, means that you probably shouldn't be taking this class. If I have to tell you anything on this page (like using the present tense), you'll get a C.
D= no thesis; badly written; you should probably drop the class.
F= you should definitely drop the class.
Here are examples of A work and failing work.