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Since the early days of film the technology has been such a huge part of it. The whole industry was based off on an experimental technology for entertainment. When it first started many people, even the pioneers of filmmaking didn’t look at it as a viable art or business. Looking back now we can see that they were wrong and we are glad that it did grow the way it has. Without the technological advances made in the last century filmmaking would have died a long time ago. So we’re lucky we were able to push ourselves to create better, easier ways to make the movies we enjoy.

Interestingly film tech advanced relatively slowly in the first half of its existence. Focus was placed more on making the best thing with what they had it’s when advancements in storytelling happened faster than advancements in the cameras and gear. This the time period in which a lot of great films were made Georges Méliès was at the top of his game making his classic ‘Le Voyage dans la lune’ and the Lumiere Brothers were scaring people by filming trains. That developed into creating the technology to make longer films and use multiple film reels spliced together and they started using movable tripod heads, which for years was unheard of. It was a time in which the basis of everything we know about film was established.

The creation of video (the electronic imaging) changed the game for everyone. It made it possible for people to see the radio shows that they would listen to. It brought entertainment into the individual homes. People didn’t have to go out to the movies to be entertained; they could watch it in the comfort of their own living room. The technology was amazing and as soon as it became something people could actually buy and use in their own homes. It began to make filmmaking more accessible to the masses. That was a big change for everyone. And in my opinion it was a great one.

As video progress it changed to Digital video, consumers were suddenly able to edit what they taped on their computers and add music and titles. And that is something that pushed the technology developers to create the digital cinema cameras. I call them “Digital Cinema” because they are cameras that are meant to shoot professional films and show as opposed to your neighbor’s kid’s bar mitzvah. They are cameras such as the Red ONE, the Panavision Genesis or the SI-2K, these cameras revolutionized filmmaking even more than video did. They were able to offer near-film quality without the film cost. Why is this so great? because money is able to be put back into the movie and the story and what is seen on screen and less into the physical media that it was captured on. Yes some movies are made with really high budgets but more are being made on a shoestring budget and that means better films for us to watch.

Every year the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has a convention in Las Vegas where people show off the latest in technology for film and television production. It’s an amazing even with a lot to see. It’s a place where people find the newest and best ways to make movies. This year there were some huge announcements, like a small camera that shoots extremely hi resolution footage for only $3,000 or the new Compact zoom lenses from Zeiss, one of the leading lens makers in the industry. The whole show is a testament to how far filmmaking has come in the last 100 years and is a good judge of how far it still can go as the years go on.

So movies and technology go hand in hand, like peas and carrots. And if it weren’t for that technology movies wouldn’t be where they are today, things like Avatar, and Transformer and even The Black Swan wouldn’t be possible without having come as far as we have with the technology used in film.


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Interesting and informative article. Film and technology go hand by hand since the former's early stages of development. After all, film itself is a technological advancement.

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  about 7 years ago

Good article Richard, I love movies and love the behind the scenes aspects of it as well!

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks Robert, hopefully I can keep writing informative article. I appreciate the encouragement!

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  about 8 years ago
Joan S  

Very interesting article. I love movies and great film making. Am amazed by the technological advancements, especially in recent years. Learning about what those cameras are and do is quite new to me. I look forward to learning more from you. Thanks for the excellent article.

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  about 8 years ago

Thank you, I really appreciate it!

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  about 8 years ago
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