Film 2700 – History of Motion Pictures

Fall 2004

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

12 Aderhold Learning Center


Mr. Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Room 729, One Park Place

(404) 651-0468


Office Hours: Wednesdays, 3 to 5 p.m., or by appointment


Course Description:

This course acquaints students with an historical perspective on some of the aesthetic, cultural, economic, and technological trends affecting motion pictures from their origins in the late 19th century through the present.


Required Text:

Mast and Kawin, A Short History of the Movies, 8th Edition. Longman: New York, 2002.


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


Course Requirements:

As outlined below, there will be three exams in this class. Each exam will likely consist of multiple-choice items derived from the text, screenings, and lectures. No cheating and/or academic dishonesty in any form will be tolerated in this course. Please refer to the Policy on Academic Honesty available online at


The final 10% of your grade will be earned through regular attendance, participation, and completion of in-class writing assignments called Minute Papers. Minute Papers are timed exercises designed to give students an opportunity to respond to classroom materials and will be assigned at the instructor’s discretion. The instructor reviews Minute Papers and may select a few for anonymous distribution to the class to stimulate discussion.


Make-up exams and grades of Incomplete (I) are reserved solely for verifiable, extreme situations.


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


Students will earn final grades based on the following calculations:


            30%      Exam 1                                                                       

            30%      Exam 2                                                                                                                       

            30%      Exam 3 (Final)                                                 

            10%      Participation/Attendance/Minute Papers     


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time during the semester to discuss your classroom performance. They’re your grades. You earn them.