The article above states the "earliest of film" and what condition it was made in."The earliest American films, which appeared around 1895, were primarily a working-class pastime. Because they told stories without words, they appealed to the large, mostly illiterate immigrant population in the United States. After 1900, film became a more middle-class phenomenon, as filmmakers exploited film’s storytelling potential by adapting bourgeois novels (which incorporated middle-class values) for the screen." The quote i have provided says that, when film became a big hit, is spread like rapid fire among the working class. It became so popular, that is was a pastime for them. Almost like a hobby of sort. Some people took this to heart, and wanted to tell a life story, or a struggle they have previously had in their life time. It just really makes you think how much you have when this people didnt. They took enjoyment that made them happy and put their life story into it.
This website, or article above list the very first films of the silent era. These are films that we have learned about in class as well. But the reason why i picked this as one of my sources is because not only does it cite the sources of when and who created the first silent films, it gives a breif history lesson about each of the following film directors, and what year they became famous. It starts with the very first film director ever to create a film, and ends with last film maker, of the silent era. Ive learned a great detail about the silent era, and will be learning more as I go along with this subject. For the first twenty years of motion picture history most silent films were short--only a few minutes in length. At first a novelty, and then increasingly an art form and literary form, silent films reached greater complexity and length in the early 1910's. The films on the list above represent the greatest achievements of the silent era, which ended--after years of experimentation--in 1929 when a means of recording sound that would be synchronous with the recorded image was discovered."
WATCH THE BIRTH OF CINEMA !!! THE VERY FIRST MOVIES WITH A COLLECTION OF INFORMATIONS FROM MANY DIFFERENT SOURCES FOR THE PEOPLE THAT INVOLVED IN THE BEGININ...
Andrew Hoffritz's insight:
Instead of describing what made the videos, this video does a great job explaning the first films that became popular because of the inventions made. When film first started off, they were just short clips, ranging anywhere from 1 min to 10 min. But as the years came by, films got longer, sound was soon made, along with color. But enough with gtting side tracked. Focusing on the first decade of when films came out, this was a big deal to people, because the first time we see motion picture come alive. Many people are attracted to this kind of attention. Many people are wanting to become acotrs, which started jobs for very many people as well. The main reason for this video is to introduce the first films ever made, and it did a very well job at that.
Today, we're rewinding the videotape to the early days of cinema. We're starting in 1878 and then moving forward, watching eleven cinematic firsts, the moments when entire traditions in film were born.
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This article i found on the internet are eleven of the first, very famous films that were put togther by very important directors that started the film history. You have the first film by Muybridge', putting together the photos of a horseback rider, and its movements. The second clip is called The Great Train Robbery, Edwin S. Porter’s 10 minute film that combined western themes with innovative cinemtic techniques (narrative storytelling, parallel editing, minor camera movement, location shooting, etc.) The third film is A Trip to the Moon,by George M'elies, invented one of our favorite cinematic genres – the science fiction movie. The fourth film is The Haunted Castle, by George Melies, in 1896, which many now consider the first horror movie. The fifth film by J. Searle Dawley wrote and directed Frankenstein. It took him three days to shoot the short, 12-minute movie (when most films were actually shot in just one day). The sixth film is The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,calling it a model of German Expressionist Film, the greatest horror film of early cinema, and an important influence on directors later working in the film noir tradition. The seveth film is called Fantasmagorie, by Emile Cohl, known as "The Father of the Animated Cartoon". The eighth film is Gertie the Dinosaour, by Winsor McCay in 1914. The nineth film is called "The Seashell and the Clergymen" by Germaine Dulac in 1926. The tenth film is called Anna Bell Serpentine Dance, by Thomas Edison. The final video played on here is called "The Jazz Singer" by Al Jolson. These 11 videos are very famous, and what made film very popular in todays standards.
As often is the case, when new technology comes along, many people are afraid of what it represents; they scoff at it, or dismiss it as a fad. (3D movies anyone?)
Andrew Hoffritz's insight:
The Motion Picture all started with the photographs of Eadweard Muybridge'. Muybridge' took many photos of a man riding a horse and soon put them together to find that they move in a weird way. People called this moment the birth of film, when Muybridge' was just doing a simple experiment with photos. Until the late 1870's, there were people just taking a whole range of photos for fun, trying to figure out a new way to create an image. The man in the image is Leland Stanford, a former governor of California, (to whom Stanford University is named after, among other notable estates.) Stanford was a horse owner - race horses in particular - and he made a wager that a trotting horse's hooves couldn't all be off the ground at the same time. Many people say this is notable because it is what sparked film history to begin with.
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This article above explains not the early part of film with black and white, but when the digital era of film becomes very popular. This technology is very far advanced from the earliest of films. The digital era introduces color, sound, and HD TV which is a very big stretch from what the early films dealt with. It is just amazing to see how far technology has gone from the early 1900's to the 2000's regarding technology. There has been a huge gap of jump thtat i can't even explain myself. It is honestly breathtaking how far it has come.
The article above says very valid points to why the film directors chose what they wanted to film a documentary on. "The "who" responsible for production certainly involved individuals such as the director and camera operator, but, possibly more important, it also might have included large entities such as film companies, government agencies, religious or political organizations, labor unions, and scientific organizations." Issue number one states its all about the director, or the "who" responsible for the film. The second is determining the purpose of the film, or why was it made this way? "Determining the purpose or purposes behind a film can be trickier, but it is equally vital in interpreting the film's historical role. The primary purpose behind most commercial films, of course, was to make a profit, and any film that wanted to attract and keep an audience had to be appealing and entertaining." The main thing when a film is made, the trobule that people have sometimes is the meaning behind each scene. "Films can effectively change their purposes. Film images can always be redefined, either by re-positioning, adding a different commentary, or simply because the background beliefs of the audience have changed." All these points are points that make a film "the film". It will make you think about the attitude toward the director and there style of film that they make.
When reading this article about previous film history, I found this article to be very interesting. This article shows a timeline of all very famous events that took place to make film so popular.. It also shows very popular films, along with all the inventions made by the people that made film possible. This is by far the best article i picked out among my top 10. The reason why is because i learned the most reading through this artice exactly. This article has further persude me to look further into film.
The picture above shows a man, using an old fashion projector, first used when film became popualr. First time projectors looked like this.At the birth of film (back in the silent days), the first projectionists at the first movie theaters actually had to manually crank film through a projector themselves; the projector was not yet automated. As such, a film's speed would be determined on site by the strength of the projectionists arm. Indeed, early film cameras were also hand-cranked, so the speed of the action in a movie was also determined by how quickly the cameraman could wind their arm. If you've seen any silent films, you may notice that the film moves pretty quickly. This means the cameraman was likely not cranking the film quite fast enough, making for more action captures on less film (likely done for economic reasons).
Project Happening's animated brief history of film. The documentary ranges from 1500 with Leonardo Da Vinci, to George Eastman in 1888, and concludes in 1895...
Andrew Hoffritz's insight:
Besides the brief article I said above that taught me alot, this video out of my whole scoop.it project is what I learned the most. This video provides very detailed information in drawing form, that talks about film history itself. It talks of the first invention over made to make film what is film today. It speaks of the first inventor that used its invention. Absoulty amazing ideas that became a new start to a generation, which was and is made very popular in todays culture throughout the world. It just blows my mind how people took such ordinary abojects and made it into a hobby. And now a multi-million production made throughout the world. This video is a great video, and gives plenty of detail about how the film industry became a whole.
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