How Movies Came to Light

Movies are best enjoyed with our friends, family, and loved ones. Although some people love watching films alone as they can focus when solitary, it’s always fun to watch with someone. No matter how you spend your days watching movies, being happy and satisfied with the film is what’s important in the end.

Entertaining movies often makes us feel great after an hour and half of watching films. They normally lighten up our mood or end an exhausting day with an exciting feeling. More often than not, they provide us with benefits usually pointing to entertainment.

As an audience, it’s quite difficult to imagine how life would be without movies. It would be boring if we don’t have films to watch. In fact, a lot of people would choose a different career if cameras were not invented in the first place. Actors and actresses would have a different career path as they won’t star on films. The same thing is true with directors and producers. Thanks to the discovery and development of camera, we can always entertain ourselves with good movies.

History of Films

In the late 18th century, people began to enjoy what we love doing nowadays – watching movies. Although the first films were one minute long, people began to slowly appreciate their wonderful effects to the emotions of humans. In 1890s, films were seen via temporary stonefront spaces and traveling exhibitors. Despite the fact that there were no cinematic strategies back then, people would always be amazed when watching films. The films were usually about the everyday life of a person, a public event, sporting event, and other practical subjects.

Before the turn of the century, movies became the most popular form of visual art all around the world. People began to watch movies regardless of their topic. Filmmakers would travel to various places to capture sceneries that can be used on their films. The performances of actors and actresses are also filmed. These will then be shown to the public for viewing. A lot of people would flock theaters just to see what’s the latest in the film industry.

The film industry began to introduce motion pictures without sounds. The early 19th century was considered as the silent era of film. Movies were produced without sounds every now and then. Despite the lack of sound, a lot of spectators were still fond of watching these types of movies. However, filmmakers began to realize that the lack of sound can affect the interest of the viewers. They think that the audience will easily be bored if there’s no sound at all. As a result, they added a form of sound by hiring musicians to play live music while the film was being played. It was the era where filmmakers had problems with keeping their audience interested and entertained with their works.

In order to make up for the lack of sound, some companies provide narrators to provide dialogue and narration to the film. In some countries, human narration remained a popular practice not until the problem was resolved in 1923.

The Dawn of Movies

People began to enjoy motion pictures that were made for entertainment purposes by the 1900. At this point, filmmakers were now concerned with the techniques and strategies used in filming movies. In addition, they were also beginning to work on their editing skills.

In the 1900s, films were no longer composed of one shot scene. Films now consists of several scenes shot in different locations and settings. They are also made from different scenarios that would make up the whole movie. The first motion pictures captivated the hearts and minds of the audience which led to the birth of movies.

Film editing and narration were the focus of the film industry in the 1900s. Filmmakers spend most of their time editing films to make them look more presentable to the viewers. They work on their films so that they can become more appealing to the audience. Narration was still being used in this era despite the fact that there are now sounds on films.

Animation was later on introduced to the public which features unrealistic characters. The first animation to be presented to the public was the short film Matches: An Appeal. It was a film by British film pioneer Arthur Melbourne-Cooper. The film was intended as a media to encourage people to send matches to the British troops. At that time, the British troops were fighting the Boer War. It was the first stop-motion animation to be presented to the public. Although the viewers were used to the conventional films, many were amazed on the thirty-second long stop-motion animation by Melbourne-Cooper. In 1906, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces was created by Albert Edward Smith and James Stuart Blackton. The film is made of cartoon drawings of people who can move from one pose to another. The process used back then in moving the characters is the same process used today by animators.

Evolution of Movies

By the late 1900s, filmmakers were really good at creating entertaining movies. In the past, movies were enjoyed based on the acting skills of the casts. In the late 1900s though, visual effects were being added on films to make it look more realistic and entertaining. People began to see the late 1900s as the evolution of movies. In the 1990s, sci fi movies look quite realistic as compared before. People who love fantasy are well-entertained with the various films produced by filmmakers all around the world.

Aside from the visual effects, the settings of films were also undeniably better than before. Most filmmakers would travel with their casts and crew to a preferred destination where they will shoot the movie. Unlike before, going directly to a shooting location is less expensive and far more realistic than shooting on stage. Back in the days, filmmakers invest on props to present the settings they want. As a result, mostly all of the settings look unrealistic and sometimes hilarious. However, people enjoy them a lot back in the days.

The evolution of movies has really taken filmmakers and viewers alike to the next level. Today, CGI are used to make cool effects. They are used to make unrealistic things to look real. In fact, filmmakers can burn down Rome over and over again with the help of their computer experts. At the same time, they no longer need to spend millions just to shoot their movie with a setting like Rome.

Film techniques are also improved by the turn of the century. In the 2000s, filmmakers focus on using computers to enhance their filming techniques and editing skills. Computers became an important part of the film industry. What most crews do in the past can now be done by a single computer.

Aside from film techniques, makeup and props have really evolved significantly by the turn of the century. All of these were possible thanks to the development of advance gadgets and other things used in making movies. Technology has helped filmmakers to create entertaining and state-of-the-art movies. Today, we can enjoy lots of good movies regardless of their genre. Both animation and conventional movies are realistic nowadays thanks to the evolution of films.