Film 1010 – Film Aesthetics & Analysis

Fall 2004

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 am to 12:15 pm

213 Aderhold Learning Center


Mr. Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Room 729, One Park Place

(404) 651-0468


Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3 to 5 pm, or by appointment


Course Description:

This course introduces students to some of the vocabulary, concepts and perspectives useful in the process of evaluating motion pictures as works of art. 


Required Text:

Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies, 9th Edition.  Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, 2002. 


As deemed necessary by the instructor, additional readings may be assigned during the term.  Any additional readings will be placed on reserve through the ERes (Electronic Reserve) system administered by the university library.  More information will be provided in class. 


Readings assigned for this course were selected to complement class activities and screenings.  Therefore, reading assignments should be completed before attending class.


Course Requirements:

1.     There will be two essay exams for this class, each worth 30% of the student’s final grade. 

2.     One multiple choice testcovering vocabulary and concepts from the readings is worth 10% of the students final grade

3.     Screening responses.  When announced in class, students should turn in a 2-3 page type-written, double-spaced response to the screened film in light of that week’s reading assignments.  Taken together, these responses make up 20% of the student’s final grade.

4.     Participation and attendance.  Failure to attend class is the best way to fail class.  Although students are granted two unexcused absences, 10% of the final grade will reflect the percentage of classes attended. 


Plagiarism, cheating, and/or academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated in this course.  Please refer to the Policy on Academic Honesty available online at


Make-up exams and grades of Incomplete (I) are reserved solely for verifiable, extreme situations.  Screening responses will not be accepted later than the due date announced in class.  There will be no extra credit offered.


October 15th is the last day students can withdraw from this class and receive a grade of W. 


If you have any questions or concerns regarding your classroom performance, please feel free to arrange a meeting with me any time during the semester. 


They’re your grades.  You earn them.