The History Of Movies
Naturally we as human beings are drawn to watching motion and activity as we are visual animals; therefore, with the invention of motion pictures we were hooked. Today movies are much more advanced than they were back in the 1890’s when films were first introduced to our society. With no color or sound, these films were only about a minute long and basically consisted of a series of slides back to back to give an illusion of motion. Rotating panels were among some of the first inventions used to make films better quality in the first film studios. Pittsburgh had the first animated movie which was known as Nickelodeon. Then as things progressed, the first actors began to spring up about 1910 and receive screen credit for their roles. These early movies did not advance until the late 1920’s when they began to be longer, up to 8 minutes at a time and had sound. France dominated the industry with America following.
New filming techniques began to be used in each film which ultimately made them better quality. Low key lighting began to be used frequently for sinister scenes to enhance the atmosphere and set the proper moods. With limited capabilities, all movies that were made fell into two simple categories of drama or comedy, making it much more appealing to an audience at that time.
During this era there were only a handful of actors, actresses and directors and therefore everyone knew them. The most well known director of this era was D.W. Griffith, having the highest level of standing throughout the industry because of his intense and exciting films. With nearly 800 new feature films annually, Hollywood became a hotspot and grew rapidly.
Everyone goes to the movies because it is truly an American classic date night or family night that is ingrained in our minds as a necessary activity for fun. With companies that allow you to rent movies online or in stores, viewers in theatres has actually decreased by 1.5% though the industry overall continues to rise. With such convenience, most Americans are simply staying home and renting movies by conveniently ordering them online or with their t.v. We can expect the industry to continue to evolve, but we know it will always remain the same concept at heart.
Being such a part of American culture, this industry has amassed 564 billion since its origins. It is estimated that number will reach 679 billion by 2016.
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