Motion Picture: Through the Years

Professional Video CameraTechnological advancements allow the viewing of 4D movies. You don’t just see a film in 3D perfection, you also feel sensory elements. Cinemas are now equipped with sensory motion seats, strobe, rain, fog, and wind to provide real life experience.

Little Raven Pictures and many other video production companies shoot and sequence videos and use elements also found in films. Motion pictures are found everywhere else as well.

YouTube allows homemade videos even your neighbors can upload. Snapchat and Vine provide snippets of someone's life. Everything you watch is in motion. But, how did this begin exactly?

The First Video Camera

In 1985, the French brothers Antoine and Louis Lumiere were credited for the birth of cinema. Lumiere is deemed as the 19th century Steve Jobs. He found a device called Cinématographe which has an expired patent. The brothers made it into something that would act as a camera, projector, and film processing unit all rolled into one.

That same year, they created their first film entitled La Sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon (Workers leaving the Lumiere factory). It’s a 46-second documentary about the title itself.

The First Video Editing

When 1900 came, George Albert Smith made a short film entitled Grandma’s Reading Glass. It’s a sequence of close-ups of items that are intercut with footage of a young boy peeking through his grandmother’s reading glass.

This is the first example of films using different cuts to tell a story.

The First Feature Film

By 1906, Charles Tait made a film entitled The Story of Kelly Gang. It’s about the infamous bushranger Ned Kelly. This movie was the first to last for over an hour. Creators before that usually focused on making short films. It was a critical and commercial success in those days.

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The First Spoken Film

In 1927, motion pictures finally incorporated sound. The first film that had synchronized audio track, although it was mostly silent, was The Jazz Singer. By 1929, most Hollywood films had replaced live musical soundtracks with audio tracks of music, sound effects, and dialogue.

The evolution of motion picture allowed people to travel places, experience difficult situations, feel emotions, and put themselves in the characters’ shoes. It has provided a whole world of wonder in the comfort of their seats.