Course Description & Expectations

Course Description/Objectives:

  • This class will explore the power of filmmaking and the evaluation and appreciation of film through different genres (Drama, Comedy, Family, Thriller, biopic, etc). Through online lectures, face-to-face dialogue, outside film viewing, assigned MV5BNDcwMDc0ODAzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTY2OTI1MDE@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_readings, online guest speakers, written assignments, weekly postings and creative projects – we will discover the art of film interpretation by examining scriptwriting, visual techniques, acting, musical score, special effects, and more. Through this course, students will also get a closer look at why films have individual interpretations. Our perspectives are unique and different, and that will impact each person’s film analysis.

This class also hopes to give students a better understanding and appreciation for the director’s intention and target audience.

In this course, students will work towards mastering the fundamental aesthetic and technical tools needed in understanding and evaluating filmmaking (acting and character, directing, camera, sound, story structure, editing, etc,) in the context of individual filmic style and taste.

The course has two main components – evaluation lab (outside film viewings) and dialogue seminar (online and face-to-face). Each student will view films that represent the select genres and topics of our film dialogue, and conduct regular online-discussion, outside reading, research, written and verbal evaluation.o-ALMOST-FAMOUS-facebook

  • Class Expectations: Students must attend at least 75% of scheduled meetings to receive credit for the course. Students must complete all written assignments, online postings, and other projects at scheduled times. Failure to do so will reflect on student’s grade (-10 points for each day late. The next day begins one minute after the announced deadline). All work that is turned in must be your own. You cannot afford to take unethical shortcuts in this class.
  • Format of written assignments: Unless otherwise specified, all assignments must be printed and submitted on unlined paper (standard copy/printer paper), emailed to me, or posted on the student’s blog (instructions will be given for each assignment). The nature of the assignment will dictate the line-spacing and other format features. Students are to turn in all assignments in the specified format. No handwritten papers will be accepted unless discussed and approved beforehand.
    • Communication with the class & resources: Check your Gardner-Webb Email and the GWU Film Critic Website each week. I will use this to post readings, assignments, dialogue topics, links, lectures, podcasts, and videos. Here is that site link


  • Grading Scale:

A+ = 100 – 97, A = 93-96, A- = 92 – 90

B+ = 89 – 87, B = 86 – 83, B – = 82 – 80

C+ = 79 – 77, C = 76 – 73, C- = 72 -70

D+ = 69 – 67, D = 66 – 63, D – = 62 – 60

F = 60 – 0


  • Grading Distribution

20% – Weekly Online Posts

40% – Films Reviews & Weekly Assignments

40% – Final Project



Grading Evaluations: There will be required weekly online dialogue posts, film evaluations/reviews, and a final film evaluation project. There will be several grading opportunities this semester for each student.

Incompletes: Incompletes will only be given with a written agreement between the student and the instructor. These will only be given in extraordinary circumstances.

Extra Credit: Options are available for extra credit upon approval. Please contact me if you’re interested in extra credit opportunities. The last day to turn in items for possible extra credit will be the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break.


*This course description is available in an alternate format upon request