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Historical Background of the Movie Industry

While the movie industry cannot be said to have started at a particular point in history, the roots of this niche in the entertainment sector are traced to 1895 . On the 28th of December of this year in Paris, the public screening of 10 of Lumière brothers’ short films took place; and this commercial event is the very first notable success of cinematographic motion pictures in the protected mode. Before then, there were cinematographic results as well as screenings; however, they were short of the momentum, or the quality, which served as the driving force of the cinématographe Lumière into a success story acknowledged all over the world.

The earliest movies were produced in black and white, less than 60 seconds in length and featured no recorded sound. In the first ten years of the motion picture as a commercial enterprise, it advanced from a novel concept to a popular mass entertainment niche. This critical stage in the history of the film industry kicked off with the establishment of movie production organizations worldwide.

In the 1890s, the duration of movies increased to several minutes of scenes, with numerous shots introduced in them. The first movie studios came out in 1897. Special effects became popular and the concept of film continuity, which has to do with action transitioning from a scene to the next, got introduced.  In 1898, a rotating camera — the first of its kind — for capturing panning shots, was designed.

During the 1900s, continuity of action over consecutive shots was used in film production successfully. Also, Dark Griffith invented the first close-up shot, according to some claims. Majority of movies in the period were known as chase films. An Australian film production of 1906 was the first feature-length multireel film.The Nickelodeon 1905 in Pittsburgh represented the first successful permanent theater for only film shows. In 1910, actors started receiving screen credit for the roles they played in films; this created an avenue for the recognition of actors as film stars. That same year, there were exhibitions on regular newsreels, which got adopted as a popular method for viewing the news. Also, around 1910 movies produced in the US possessed the most significant share in the market in countries like Australia and other ones in Europe, except France.

The Nickelodeon

In the 1900s, novel film methods for atmosphere enhancement in sinister movie scenes became successful.   Some of the techniques include fire effects, the use of artificial lighting as well as low-key lighting. During World War I, the movie industry witnessed a complex change: film exhibition transitioned to feature films from short one-reel programs.

Among movie directors in the US, Griffith was the most renowned in the film industry. This was due to the dramatic excitement he imparted to the audience with the aid of his movies.

Hollywood, the US movie industry, attained a new status as the world’s film factory that exports films to the majority of countries. This movie industry has maintained the position since the First World War I period.