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Best Classes I had at LMU

  • Jun 8, 2010
I am sorry to say that the reason this class is number one is because of the lecturer and that he is no longer teaching at LMU. I had Jason Endres for my first official Screenwriting class, and he was perfect because he really knew his stuff (he was a creative consultant or something for James Cameron, which is why he is no longer lecturing right now at LMU). Its not just for screenwriters; the class is also open for production people or those studying creative writing. The format and quantity are just perfect for students to discover their craft in this medium. A lot of time is spent on the individual as exemplified through the last half of the semester consisting of one on one talks about your script with the teach every two weeks.
History of International Film - FTVS 314
I took this class back when when it was just called History of European film, and I hope not much has changed except for the better. In fact, it is impossible not to assume the class become better since Dr. Richard Hadley has started teaching the class, whom I have had for Film Genres. He is like the perfect absent-minded professor who is never absent-minded. The class I took, however, excelled in capturing my attention of the history of film by showing the best of all movies in their particular film movements or period waves. The class was also instrumental in teaching me valuable resources to look for film-appreciation outside of LMU. And hey, you can never go wrong with Mayer theatre.
TS: Tourism & Cross Cultural Communication - CMST 393
Let me just say that I don't like to travel and did not know what to expect from the class other than Prof. JongHwa Lee was teaching it. Being my most favorite instructor at this university, Prof. Lee puts heavy emphasis on letting the students run the classroom. Everything from his fascinating history to his current PhD work is completely engaging, and he brings this to his lectures. For this class specifically, there is a little bit more work than I would have liked but we took a fascinating view at culture found in our home of Los Angeles. If anything, this class was able to articulate and explain everything about why I hate traveling in the first place.
Intro to Christian Ethics - THST 160
Having been to Catholic school my whole life, I was dreading and putting off registering from my theology classes. When I finally did i just randomly picked one and am now happy to say I enjoyed the opportunity to approach the study of ethics from a Christian perspective. The class was a mix of going over well-worn debates such as gay marriage and the Iraq war with topics that I was able to choose and use to the extent that i see fit to critique. I picked stem cells which I decided to stay with over the entire semester using for different assignments which allowed me to fully argue or support all the different perspectives on it. At least that's how the class was under Nicholas Brown. He is a very young instructor who has his masters and is working on his PhD allowing him to offer a completely fresh, new voice.
Philosophical Ethics - PHIL 320
I HATE philosophy, but I guess taking an Ethics approach to a class like the class above is a way to apply all the concepts and theories to relevant topics of today. My class was taught by Prof. David Zinn who was easy-going, funny, intelligent, and was able to effectively communicate and explain his extreme intelligence. This came through not only during his lectures, but in the chapters notes that he put into his own words for each reading assignment. Because the philosophy of ethics does not delve to heavily into the existential theories of the universe, I was able to see philosophical ideas more concretely with regards to politics which is why I believe I loved the class so much.
Writing the TV Sitcom - SCWR 325
The 1/2 hour TV sitcom is a dying breed as it should be. The relevancy in this class comes from finding humor and being comfortable with yourself to let your funny side come out. I worked with a writing partner and actually finished a work of commercialized art while finding my own voice. Paul Chitlik teaches this class and he's pretty lenient on allowing non-majors in. If you have any type of writing experience, check this out.
Film Genres: Melodrama - FTVS 411
Richard Hadley, PhD is truly knowledgeable in his field of study and invites the student to partake in the understanding of this field. Unlike other film teachers who are trying to get their own films made, Hadley is a professor who enjoys the study of films as a historian. For this particular class, melodramas and musicals were the subjects for the semester. There is nothing I like more then over-exaggerated actors crying in the 1950s and corney break-into-dance out of the middle of nowhere on the big screen. I'm curious as to how other genres are taught or approached in this class.
I hate math and business, so this was the perfect class for me, right? This class at this introductory level ended up not being so bad. I was able to understand the principles and get a good foundation as to the models discussed in this class. I recommend taking it to fulfill your social science requirement. It's easy: I must have skipped half the classes and still ended up with an A- for the semester.
Playwriting - THEA 400
This class just barely made it onto the list because I felt that there was still more I could have learned by the end of it. I was not satisfied with my final one act play because it felt rushed. What I did love was all the exercises and small assignments leading up to the final. We dialogue exercises and played around with different approaches to internalizing and presenting characters and much more.

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June 10, 2010
Hey we liked the same classes!
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So I've been in Cali my whole my life: San Fran, Sacramento, and now LA. Living anywhere outside of this state seems irreconcilable. I've been in and out of LMU for the last couple years and have come … more
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