The Notion of moving image
The notion of the moving image and its audience as changed dramatically in comparison with today’s dominating film industry. The reception moving image as received as grown while we have seen technology progress forward. Back in the early days of film there was no synchronized recording such as dialogue, just motion picture and the use of caption cards and composed music. The starting point in film began in the 1800’s, and the first type of creation in creating a motion piece dates back to the fifteenth century with the fist device being the magic lantern, which appeared as early as the 1420’s.
The device consisted of an ordinary lantern covered by an opaque screen. Light passed through a cut-out shape of some design in the screen, and the pattern would then be projected onto the wall. By the nineteenth century magic lantern shows became more elaborate with the use of more expensive animated slides. The shows would show ethereal beings in a smoky atmosphere. The smoke would be released into the theatre to give audiences the impression that their seeing figures floating in mid air. By this time lanterns used a series of images shown in rapid succession to give a feel of movement.
Technical and commercial success then came with the invention of Edison’s kinetoscope later launched in 1894 which was a simple machine comprising a cabinet and a length of film on a spool. The light shone and the film was projected on to the back of the cabinet. The relationships audiences have shared from the theatre days have always been notable as it was their only source of entertainment. Today it seems to be fading as more of us see and watch films in the comfort of our own homes or download films to which as resulted in the social aspect being lost .
Also as the genre for films as opened up a whole collection of themes romance and adventure, fantasy and comedy to horrors and action it as opened our minds up to discussions, evaluating what the character is thinking or what their motive is. We are open to new media covering digital special effects exploring technical experimentation by staging extravagant stunts and integrating special effects to such an extent that they become virtually believable as emphasised in such films as the matrix. Enticing us with its magic the flow of scares and its thrills as provided us with an escape root from the real world.
Special effects are shown in so many ways and have come a long way through technology advances in a 3D representation and the use of graphics. The finished effects look realistic in how they are portrayed and the sound effects are realistic to life. This as catalyzed a change in refining the nature of the moving image, but film would not be how we know it today without being foreseen from the perception of the early days. But the history behind film as transformed hugely and changed economically.
Its processes and practices have formed our present day, and its inspiration I believe as grown from the early days of cinema. But the advances of computerized special effects as taken over and almost become the movie. Editing was another step forward in changing the moving image as the 1900’s saw the development of computer based editing allowing you to work with the footage digitally unlike earlier editing which was performed by workers who hand-crafted each physical edit by hand. Earlier editing of narrative films took a lot of time as it was a matter of joining together the separate shots.
Some people don’t favour the way editing is done digitally claiming there is no time for reflection on and the complexity of such editing software. Another major technological advances over the years has been in the field of animation, with there witty scripts and excellent graphics. There has always been a huge market for animation as it attracts all ages. Animation itself is the rapid display of a sequence of images o now seen in 2D or 3-D of computer generated artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement.
To create the illusion of movement, an image is displayed on the computer screen and repeatedly replaced by a new image that is similar to the previous image, but advanced slightly in the time domain. This technique is identical to how the illusion of movement is achieved with motion pictures. It also clear to see that Pixar of films have become so popular from 2000 they have been in the top 10 of films. Post modernism began to emerge in the 1920’s. The current film industry today still provides discussion of the postmodernist movement including the transition from celluloid to digital filmmaking.
Postmodernist film describes the ideas of postmodernism through the cinematic medium. Postmodernist film doesn’t use mainstream conventions of narrative structure ad characterization and destroys, toys with the audience’s suspension of disbelief to create a work which forms the film’s means of communication through expression. Many contemporary movies reflect postmodern themes that reflect upon issues. The 2005 film ‘kiss kiss bang bang’, the movie opens in flashback to about 1980 and uses postmodernism where the character is retelling o past events.
He introduces himself as the narrator where his voice is played over the flow of sounds and images. The sudden rapid advances of cinematic technology within the last decade have meant that it would take real development in the future of cinema not only in how movies are made but how they are seen by the mass audience for they hold the key to what makes a film successful. As quoted in the book ‘The Movies’ by author Don Shiach he states his outlook for the future by talking about interactive cinema.
I think we can be certain that interactive cinema may evolve at some future date in that the viewer, in theory at least, can intervene and shape the spectacle he or she is watching. ‘ Shiach also suggests how maybe one day we will all be able to alter storylines or movie endings to suit our own needs. If this in the next step forward in technology it would be a huge transformation I feel maybe a divided vote. 3D cinema is also on the arisen, which is going to be a ultimate experience, to which the audience where the picture will be in so much depth that viewers will feel as through there part of the action.
Since the advent of sound, narrative film has dominated the scope of cinematic experience to such an extent that new digital and electronic technologies are on their way to expanding. As we become increasingly accustomed to artificially created virtual realities, the realism of the image and the invisibility of the apparatus, which have become the founding blocks of the classical narrative, take a secondary role to the technology today drawing upon attention to the resources used to construct the narrative.
At present people attend films for innumerable reasons, both individually and collectively to which they tend to reject those films that devise upon basic attitudes, and find interest in films that please the eye visually or keep us gripped throughout. I don’t think most people really consider the way that the internet has totally changed virtually every aspect of our lives. Future generations will never know a world where print media was the only option, where every video ever made wasn’t available to you on demand.
It will be a lost history in the making of a lot of early films because no one thinks that something so seemingly transient would ever be interesting, to which I feel is a implication of all this new media around us in which for its history of how it began gets forgotten. The internet has influenced the development of film and television in the late 1990s and 2000s, both on a production and on a reception level. In general, most internet film writing is now centred around what we should see or shouldn’t about films that haven’t been released yet.
Although ironically the internet has allowed for more film writing than ever before, it is fracturing the audience at the same time. Another implication of the worldwide web is the downloading of films and sharing and costs the film industry money if it’s done illegally. Evaluating film today and the making of film, I feel it as come along way through technology to which is only going to improve. The picture quality through high definition which refers to the picture resolution as improved, and also the storytelling as evolved hugely.
It also become clear to see that film ratings have increased as the new digital processes has evolved, but most films are often huge blockbuster successes without the need for special effects, and high budgets an example of this would be ‘Mama Mia’ where they had limited time to film, it was filmed in Greece on a low budget earner yet starred big stars such as Julie Walters, Piers Brosnon and Colin Firth and was a big musical extravaganza.
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