Russell Merritt at University of California Berkeley

Russell Merritt

  • 2.8Overall Quality
  • 2.9Helpfulness
  • 2.8Clarity
  • 2.7Easiness

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3/9/13

Film study 101

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

I had RM in the 1970's at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Remember his pacing from one side of the lecture stage to the other. Great story teller; not-so-great communicator with students. He was the "hot prof" at UW, however.

8/17/12

film108

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

You will learn more about learning, hard-work,film, art, animation, writing and more from this hard-working, hard-thinking writer, professor and mentor. You will be lucky if you open up to the highly fascinating, thought out and intellectually stimulating lectures and challenges put forth in RM classes. School should challenge you. RM is amazing!

6/4/11

Film50

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

I didn't enjoy this class at all. It's supposed to be for nonmajors, but the professor lectures to us as though we're experts in film. At the end of each movie, he reads off a lecture that he pre-wrote which makes it seem scripted, boring, and pretentious.

4/17/10

film108

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor Merrits class on animation is one that I highly recommend! You have to pay attention and take good notes. It's not an easy A, but its worth the effort.

10/27/09

FILM108

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Overrated! Stay away from him. He's detached from reality & awkward. Class is scripted and he never lets students talk. Fixated on obscure topics which only interest him. Animation was not what I expected. Treated us like idiots and blamed us for bad midterm grades. Just wants you to vomit up what he says to do well.

7/2/08

FILM1

Good Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

One of the very best professors I have ever had: he knows it all, but when you talk to him he'll make every effort to make you believe that you do too.

4/19/08

film108

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

took his animation class. he is such a nice professor and you can tell how passionate he is about the subject. has published a lot of stuff, too, which makes him legit. he gets excited when his students ask questions.

12/6/07

FILM108

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

love love love him!

5/14/07

FILM108

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

The most engaging, thought provoking and entertaining professor I had at Berkeley. A lot of people here criticized Film 50, which is a film class for non-majors, so it's intended to give an overview of the must-sees. His other classes on the other hand are really compelling, and he encourages independent research as well.

12/9/06

Film108

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's by far my favorite professor in the film department. I took his Film 50 class for non-majors and he made me want to be a film studies student.

8/7/06

Film108 animat.

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

His lectures are mostly scripted, very rarely asking for questions or feedback from the class. He was pretty boring, and it didnt help that he never looked up when he spoke. Lectures felt way too long

8/5/06

Film 50

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

vague - the professor, the gsi's, the topics. so ridiculous - DO NOT TAKE

6/2/06

Film 50

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

I WAS excited to take this class but after taking it, it killed any interest I had in film or pursuing anything in the field of film. The films shown are EXTREMELY boring and most people fall asleep in the showings. They tended to be obscure foreign films. Furthermore I had a very unhelpful GSI who had no idea to explain the concepts.

5/19/06

Film 50

Average Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I was really excited about this class. He does seem to lecture more to the older audience. I enjoyed the diversity of movies he chose. Lectures weren't that helpful, probably because we would run out of time or he would focus on something obscure about it. I would have like to known more about film technique rather than historical context.

5/15/06

Film 50

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Do not take this class for a grade unless you really really want to put in a lot of needless effort. I've never felt so disconnected from a professor who lectures mostly to the adults who come to see the films. It says for nonmajors but it is ridiculous

5/9/06

Film 108

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

(animation) - this class didn't really live up to my expectations & lectures tended to drag a bit but the professor was pretty nice and the class was easy.

4/19/06

Film 50

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Do NOT take this class if you like films it will make you absolutely hate them. The Professor and GSI's offer not help and are always unclear. It is a waste of time class.

4/13/06

film 50

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

This class is DUMB. It's intro to film, but he chose to focus on techniques used, angles, shots, etc. rather than actual themes and motifs. Anyone not interested in actually producing a movie = bored out of mind. He is a pompous academic(aka ****ter.)He lectures to the old people. He name-drops like CRAZY; his tests are harshly graded.

4/9/06

FILM 50

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

B#%@$. I HATED THIS CLASS, WE WATCHED BLACK AND WHITe MOVIES AND OLD PPL WATCHED WITH US. HE LECTURES TO THE OLD PPL MORE than HIS STUDENTS.

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