The movie industry is in a continuous development being one of the main branches of entertainment. From silent movies to 7D effects, the movie industry tries everything in order to make better, more interesting pieces. The production of movies started quite modest and didn’t receive much credit in the beginning but nowadays actors are considered some of the most influential people on the globe. We have selected some of the key moments in the evolution of the production of movies in order to better understand the beauty and hard work that stands behind every movie.
The earliest movies can be dated back in the 19th century where the average speed of frames was around 16 per minute. We consider this hilarious, having more frames per second nowadays than they had back then but this is the birth of the motion picture. The earliest devices used a picture roll that was then spread and rotated in order to make motioned pictures.
The true breakthrough came from the Lumiere brothers that managed to produce 10 short movies that were presented in Paris in 1895. Soon, many production companies started their work all around the world. They understood that this was a new and innovative entertainment tool. Movie technology was getting better and by the early 1900, movie theaters started to open all around the world. By 1912, actors started to get credit for their work and the trend of the superstar soon emerged.
The era of the silent movie was a very short but prolific one. Producers focused on the looks and mimics of the actors and they were often exaggerated in order to better understand the emotions. The mute talking scene was then followed by the written part that allowed people to understand what was happening. The first film school is founded in the early 1900 by Lev Kuleshov. The Hollywood craze soon started and many producers moved their headquarters in California.
In 1927, Warners released “The Jazz Singer”. This was the first talkie movie. The talking was not recorded during the shot. It was later recorded in the studio and then overlapped with the video. This movie changed the movie world forever. By 1929, most of the movies produced in Hollywood were talkies. The technology reached other countries later, during the 30’s. China and Japan adopted this technology in the 30’s and 40’s because of economic reasons.
The musical was soon born thanks to this new sound technology. Many other genres emerged and actors started taking talking lessons in order to be perfect on screen. Special effects were still very naive but this will soon change. The technological advancement in other fields helped the movie industry immensely. Color movies were also a true breakthrough. “The Vanities Fair” was released in 1935 and it is considered one of the first color movies that had a high quality. Special effects developed over the years and now we see many scenes that are generated on the computer. The movie technology will continue to amaze us in the years to come.