History of Movie Sound

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The first movie with sound was created in 1926 by Warner Brothers and represented a breakthrough in technology. Musicals became very popular in Hollywood during the 1930s through the 1950s, until digital sound made its way into the film industry in the 1980s. Find out how high definition digital sound revolutionized the film industry with information from a writer, director and editor in this free video on film sound.

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In this clip we are going to talk about movie sound. Motion pictures back before the 1920's were absolutely 100% silent films. They often times were played in a theater with a piano accompanist somewhere in the corner playing out a little tune so that there would be something for the people to listen to while they sat there for 15 to 20 minutes while the movie was played out. This was the case for about 20 years or so. The film was largely popular throughout the 1900's and became part of the, became an industry in itself in 1920 through 1925 or so but then in 1926 I believe it was Warner Brothers developed a breakthrough technology in the movie called "The Jazz Singer" that allowed them to use sound recorded in with the images for the very very first time and this blew the doors wide open for the movie business to just absolutely explode. Musicals became Hollywood's bread and butter. It seemed that through the golden era, 30's, 40's, and 50's of film making and the movie business became a power house throughout the United States and all over the world honestly. It became a booming, booming industry. In the late 70's and early 80's digital sound began to make its way into motion picture cinema and especially in the 90's it became a cutting edge form of technology that just changed the way we heard and experienced the sound effects within movies to just absolutely unbelievably new technological heights leading up into where we are now in the new millennium where we have high definition video and high definition digital cutting edge, clean, crisp unbelievably brilliant sound and it has come a very very long way obviously from 1926 but that is in a nutshell the history of motion picture sound and the sky is the limit from here. As the technology advances so will the movie making sound.

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