Technology in Film

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Technology in Film

Technology In Film


1998Rotten Tomatoes was first released

1997Netflix was first released

1923First technolorgy used for sound in motion pictures was created

1889 First motion picture filming camera

1927First home television set was invented

1950First when 3D films commercially appeared

1916Technicolor, which is one of the first motion picture color systems, was created

1896First movie theater opened

1977First self serve movie ticket machine invented

2000Fandango was first released

1. Philo T. Farnsworth was the first person to create a functioning television.2. The average American spends about thirty-six hours per week watching television and movies.3. The first cinema, which was earlier called a Nickelodeon, is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.4. The first feature length computer-animated film was Toy Story, which appeared in 1995.5. The first film to ever be put into 3D was The Power Of Love .



1. Where do you usually purchase movie tickets? A) On a ticket website (Ex. Fandango) using your computer, phone, etc.) (6)B)At the theater through a counter attendant (17)C)Using a self serve ticket machine (7)2. How many home movie programs, such as Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, etc., do you have?A)None (7)B)1-2 (20)C)3-4 (2)D)5 and above (1)3. Which of the following is your most preferred source of movies?A)At a movie theater (11)B)At home (19)C)Live plays (0)4. How much time, approximately, do you spend watching movies/TV daily?A)Usually none (0)B)30-60 minutes (18)C)60-120 (10)D)120 and above (2)5. What do you usually use to find movie ratings?A)Rotton Tomatoes (9)B)Fandango (3)C)IMDb (4)D)I don't (14)


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Before there was the modern technology used in the field of film that we have today, life was very different. Whether through how we access movies or what is conveyed in movies, there are many aspects in our everyday lives that are not the same as they used to be. First, the general production and making of movies before modern technology involved a whole different process. In the article “Movies 2.0: Digital Effects Magic Explained” by Tom Russo, a movie featuring a realistic animated wolf is one main focus. Before our current technology, someone might have had to actually acquire a live wolf to make the film. The footage was filmed, and even though it could be edited, the result probably wouldn’t exactly match with what the filmmaker wanted. In addition to what lies inside the movies, how we accessed films before contemporary technology is also different. In the article “TV Has Become Too Convenient for Movie to Keep Pace" by Paul from Unreality Magazine,” we examine movie accessibility. The writer mentions how going to the movies is less convenient than our modern home movie systems. This includes the journey to and from the theater, the blocked off and scheduled times, the public atmosphere, the costs, etc. Earlier, movie theaters were the only way to see films.


In addition to the many ways technology in film has changed over time, there are also many ways in which film and its technology has changed our society. First, film has had huge effects on the economy. Sales from the latest movies reached over 30 billion dollars in 2009. "Cinema has become a powerful vehicle for culture, education, leisure and propaganda," says Vikas Shah from Thought Economics: The Role of Film in Society. This is a statement that mentions how powerful the messages in films are. In “Movies 2.0: Digital Effects Movies Explained” it talks about the advanced special effects used to make meticulous details appear clearly on screen. Details have immense impact on the messages conveyed in movies. This means that each technology used in the field of film connects to the messages conveyed through film. The many different ways to access movies and TV today, as mentioned in “TV Has Become Too Convenient for Movies to Keep Up,” also means more focus on film. This can affect our daily activities, which now may be more concerned with our favorite show than what is happening outside. In “Thought Economics: The Role of Film in Society” we learn that content and effects in movies can also affect our mood. According to the article, going to the movies is visually stimulating and, therefore, relaxing. These are just some of the many ways in which film and its technology has impacted our society.


Let's now look at life with these contemporary technologies in film we have today. Staying with the example of the realistic yet animated wolf shown in the aforementioned article “Movies 2.0: Digital Effects Movies Explained” by Tom Russo we see how much technology can affect a films appearance and message. "Watts and company are trying to make the creature (wolf) stalk through the scene convincingly, but also to capture a particularly menacing shine on it's teeth," says Russo. With this much detail needed for just one scene, digital effects and editing could not be more important to capture footage safely and efficiently. High tech digital effects open up new possibilities for movies. The increased quality of the content in movies today could cause us to put ourselves in the story, get more out of the movie, and carry that experience with us. Today, movie accessibility is also much more advanced. With tools such as Netflix, Hulu, cable, etc., it makes it easier to watch TV and movies in our homes at our leisure. In the article “TV Has Become Too Convenient for Movies to Keep Pace,” Paul talks about how easily films are to access today with so many programs to help us from nearly anywhere. The article also highlights just how different our modern system of accessing movies is compared to the early idea of the cinema. Now with so many possibilities, watching the movie of your choice is effortless.

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This graph is a reflection from the survey question #1 on the left.


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