Allied American University
Author Note This paper was prepared for Introduction to Film History, Module 1 Homework Assignment, taught by Professor Stephanie Sandifer.
Directions: Using word processing software to save and submit your work, please answer the following short answer questions. All responses to questions should be one to two paragraphs, composed of five to seven sentences, in length. Your responses should include examples from the reading assignments.
1. Explain the role of the Kinetoscope during the period of cinema's invention. How did the Kinetoscope modify the capabilities of earlier camera and projection systems?
Kinetoscope is an early motion picture invention that allowed one person at a time to view film through a small peep hole located at the top of the apparatus. Kinetescope was first of its kind, and the first ever movie was recorded on a Kinetoscope by Thomas Edison in 1894. Kinetoscope was not a movie projector, but it paved the way for future cinematic projections, because it introduced the simple approach by creating illusion of movement by conveying a film bearing sequential images over light. Thomas Edison, and Kennedy Laurie Dickson developed a Kinetograph, which had quick intermittent, film movement that was first used to photograph movies at home, then becoming a commercial.
2. What steps did France's Lumière brothers take to make cinema a commercially viable enterprise? What kinds of Lumière movies were the most popular? How did the Lumières' activities influence the development of world cinema?
Louis and Augueste Lumiere brothers are dubbed as the founding fathers of modern film. The brotheris were inspired by Thomas Edison’s work, and they decided to develop their own more portable projector and camera. Lumiere brothers made their invention the Cinematographe, a multi-functional device that included a projecting capabilities, printer, camera, and was hand-held device