History of Movie Making

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The history of movie making began in the early 1900s, when the first reel cameras were used to create silent films. Sound was introduced to movies in the 1930s, and color was introduced in the 1950s. Find out how movie making changed dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s with information from a writer, director and editor in this free video on film.

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Alright folks in this clip we're going to talk about the history of movie making. Starting way back at the beginning, back I believe 1895. The early 1900's that's when the first motion pictures were produced and they were done on those little reel cameras that kind of you do whenever you're playing Pictionary, that's exactly what it was. You had a guy spinning the thing, exposing the film to light and it was a marvel at the time. People were absolutely astounded as the technology began to develop and became more accessible, people would go to their silent movie theaters and be absolutely enraptured by those films. It's amazing to think about because in this day and age the silent films are completely one hundred percent outdated unless you're a film connoisseur, someone who appreciates the ancient art of early movie making, no one watches those films anymore. They rapidly progressed even though they were still all shot in black and white with no color. The film industry really began to pickup I would say in the 30's, 40's and 50's. That's when sound first was introduced into motion pictures and that just was huge, that was a huge, huge groundbreaking technological leap and films started to be made with actual dialogue and music and all the different sound of effects within them. The Jazz Singer I believe being the very first one to ever do that. Musicals began to take off and the Hollywood golden era would be 1930's, 40's, moving into the 50's when also color was introduced for the very first time. I believe if it wasn't the Wizard of Oz, it was some movie around that time that was the first movie to employ color, full length movie to employ color. And from there, the studios really ran the system back in Hollywood golden era which is probably why they called it the Hollywood golden era when celebrities were owned I guess you could say by the studios, they had contracts, they were contract players. During the 60's and 70's and even 80's, that all changed. The celebrities and big shots in Hollywood were no longer the studios, it became the different groundbreaking directors out there like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, these guys came on the scene and just completely revolutionized the move industry by producing their groundbreaking absolutely like box office like exploding films. Some of the highest grossing films even to date were produced by these men who completely changed the face of movie making as we know it. Through the 80's and into the 90's, the medium began to shift again and become more of a celebrity actor driven business where say the 70's and 80's you get a picture made if you had Spielberg or Lucas attached which today you probably still could because they made names for themselves, but in this day and age all you need is a box office actor attached and there's your money right there. It just become a very much an actor driven business in the current market we find ourselves in. But the technology in the last, even just the last 15 to 10 years has grown in leaps and bounds to where now we're in 3D, high definition and it's rapidly progressing to a point where I'm sure almost all films will be available in three dimensional high definition fully immersive, fully engaging all the senses, that's where we're heading but in just a hundred very short years we've come from the first glimpses of moving pictures to cutting edge unbelievably technologically advanced high definition films. And that in a nutshell is a history of movie making.


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