ClipNotes can be a helpful teaching aid in the classroom. At UCLA, we have integrated it into three of our core film classes. Below, you will find user guides that will help you get the best use out of the ClipNotes app in and out of the classroom.


UCLA – FTV 6A: History of the American Motion Picture

  • Films annotated for this course: Singin’ In The Rain, Sunrise, Footlight Parade, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Best Years of Our Lives, Sunset Boulevard, On The Waterfront, The Searchers, Psycho, Vertigo, The Godfather, and Do The Right Thing
  • Form and style topics covered: editing, mise-en-scène, narrative construction, cinematography, and sound
  • Thematic topics covered: gender, race, genre, interpretation, meaning, reflexivity, class, scene analysis

UCLA – FTV 106C: History of African, Asian, and Latin American Film

  • Films annotated for this course: Rashomon, The Goddess, Ugetsu, Black Girl, Chungking Express, and The Killer
  • Form and style topics covered: diegetic/non-diegetic sound, costumes, cinematography, editing, mise-en-scene, melodrama, gun-fu genre, symbolism, tone, temporality
  • Thematic topics covered: post-colonialism, race, gender, cultural themes

UCLA – FTV 112: Film and Social Change

  • Films annotated for this course: Selma, Do the Right Thing, White Dog, Fruitvale Station, Network, and The Square
  • Form and style topics covered: cinematography, doubling, strategic anachronism, discursiveness
  • Thematic topics covered: the social problem film, race, scene analysis, and contemporary issues of American culture, politics, and media

If you are a UCLA teaching assistant for any of these classes, consult this TA guide for information on using ClipNotes in your discussion sections.