Film 1010 – Film Aesthetics & Analysis

Spring 2006

Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:45 pm

303 Sparks Hall


Mr. Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Room 729, One Park Place

(404) 651-0468


Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10 to 11am, or by appointment


Course Description:

This course lays a foundation for the study of motion pictures and their important contributions to cultural and social discourse.  Assigned readings, movie screenings and class discussions will introduce students to vocabulary, concepts, and perspectives helpful in the examination of motion pictures.   This knowledge is then put to use in the completion of exams and essay assignments which offer each student opportunities to develop and demonstrate his or her own understanding of the thematic, stylistic, and formal elements of film texts.


Required Text:

Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies, 10th Edition.  Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, 2002. 


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


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 examsfor this class, each worth 20% of the student’s final grade. 

2.     Project #1: Reviewing the Reviews.  This project will be worth 20% of the student’s final grade.  The student will select a recently released film then collect pertinent production and box office data as well as a series of professional reviews of the film.  The student will then evaluate the reviews in a 2-3 page essay.  More details will be provided in class.

3.     Project #2: Analytical Essay.  This project will be worth 30% of the student’s final grade.  The student will select one of the films screened in class and write a 5-7 page essay which declares and defends a thesis regarding the form, style, and meaning of the chosen film.  A draft of this paper will be provided to the instructor according to the class schedule.  More details will be provided in class.

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.


March 3rd is the last day students can withdraw from this class and receive a grade of W.  If you choose to withdraw from the course, please be sure to complete the steps required by the Registrar’s office for the withdrawal to be official. 



Grading scale:

Upon evaluation, student assignments will be assigned a numerical value based on the following scale:

















Needs Improvement.






Those scores will then be used to calculate each student’s final grade based on the weight of each assignment as outlined above.


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.