Film 2700 – History of Motion Pictures

Spring 2005

Mondays & Wednesdays, 12 pm to 1:15 pm

5 Aderhold Learning Center


Mr. Bryan Cardinale-Powell

Room 729, One Park Place

(404) 651-0468


Office Hours:Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 am, 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 four 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 explained on pages 103 through 109 of the online student handbook available at for further details.


The last exam will be comprehensive in the sense that some exam questions will be designed to test your knowledge of topics covered throughout the semester, though the majority of questions will pertain to the material covered in the last quarter of the course.


As an alternative, you may choose to submit a 5-7 page Essay in lieu of Exam 3.  If you choose to exercise this option, you must declare your intention on or before the date of Exam 2, and the Essay will be due on or before the date of Exam 3.  No late Essay submissions will be accepted, and you may not submit both the Essay and Exam 3.  Additional details regarding the Essay will be distributed in class.


A record of your attendance will not be kept for grading purposes.  However, you will no doubt find that your Exams will be much easier to complete successfully if you regularly attend class. 


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



The grading scale is consistent with the scale administered by the University:
























Students will earn final grades based on the following formula:


            25%      Exam 1                                                                       

            25%      Exam 2                                                                                                                       

            25%      Exam 3 or Essay                                                         

            25%      Exam 4 (Final) 


March 4th is the last day students can withdraw from this class and receive a grade of W.  If you choose to withdraw from this course, please be sure to follow the Registrar’s procedure to make sure your withdrawal is official before the deadline, otherwise you will receive an F for the course. 


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.