TAKING NOTES ON FILM
Com 128: Film Appreciation
Fall 2009, SIC
Taking notes on the films we watch during and after the screenings is essential and mandatory. In some cases, if I have you reading about a film in our The Art of Watching Films textbook before we screen the film, you might even want to make a short list of things to look for in your notes prior to the screening.
I am aware that it is difficult taking notes in the dark, so here are some tips on how to take notes on film, as well as what to take notes about.
HOW TO TAKE NOTES:
Remember, the films that we watch in this class cannot be truly studied without repeated viewings and detailed notes. For most of you, these will be your first screenings of these films, so try to catch as much as you can. This is not passive weekend movie viewing that we are engaging in here. There is as much to discover in each one of these films as you are willing to give over to it as a viewer, so take notes exhaustively, and begin to develop your critical eye.