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Technical Innovation in film history
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Cecil Milton Hepworth: Rescued by Rover (1905)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Hepworth Breve storia del cinema - La scuola di Brighton http://brevestoriadelcinema.altervista.org/3-1.html
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You can see primitive instances of editing in films Rescued by Rover.

Early on the cuts were made in the camera, so that the cameraman would simply stop cranking at the exact end of a shot, and begin cranking again when it was moved somewhere else, or when something else was put in front of it. This kind of editing could allow for some early special effects. 

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Demonstration of how rear projection system works

Rear projection setups.
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This is a demo video of Rear projection setups. It is very easy to see how rear projection works through demo video. As front projection and bluescreen effects became more widespread and less costly, rear projection has been rendered largely obsolete. Quentin Tarantino used the process for the taxi ride sequence of Pulp Fiction, and James Cameron used rear projection for several special effects shots within Aliens.

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MUYBRIDGE MOVES

Eadward Muybridge practically invented animation when he took time lapse photos of animals against a gridded backdrop.In this mini-movie , each frame was sep...
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This is the very beginning of fillm technical innovation. James Muybridge was commemorated for his great contribution to photographing. His action also laid the foundation for the birth of animation and film which is of great importance. 

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How Technicolor works

How Technicolor works | Film Technical Innovation | Scoop.it

The Technicolor camera recorded the red and blue-green images simultaneously through a single lens using a beam splitter and color filters to record the images stacked one on top of the other. No rotating color wheel was involved in either the camera or projector. The print was a conventional black and white record that ran through a special projector with two apertures and lenses with color filters adding the tint.

 

 

 

 

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The Technicolor is probably one of the most fascinating in the motion picture or any other industry. So I thought it is essential part to know how technicolor works to undertand the techniques in film history.

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The UnMuseum - King Kong

The UnMuseum - King Kong | Film Technical Innovation | Scoop.it

Rear projection had been done before, but this was the first time a cellulose-aceate screen was used. Earlier efforts had used sand-blasted glass to achieve the effect, but this limited the size of the surface of the screen. The glass screen also had a noticeable "hot spot" in the center of the projection and was a danger should it break during production. The cellulose screen was flexible and stretched over a frame like canvas. It also reduced the "hot spot" by 50 percent while giving better white highlights and intense blacks. Sidney Saunders, who invented the new screen, earned a special award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the scenes shot in Kong with this process.

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Various techniques were used in King Kong including rear and miniature projection (improved from of optical processing), blue screen behind actors to allow them to be matted into other footage and stop motion techniques. These speical effects were very successful which contributed the sucess of  King Kong.

 

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Linwood G. Dunn : Optical Printing

Linwood G. Dunn : Optical Printing | Film Technical Innovation | Scoop.it

Dunn fitted the optical printer with controls to automate fades, wipes, and dissolves. Additionally, he skipped every second frame to speed up action, conversely exposing a frame twice to create the illusion of slow motion. Also, by repeated filming of the same image he could freeze a scene, and he could even combine shots by masking off elements of the frame, rewinding the negatives, and inserting other visuals in their place.

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Optical Printing which is being used for the special effects is definitely technological innovation in film histroy. It was Dunn's idea to attempt the process by reconfiguring one of RKO's optical printers so it is great to know about Dunn's background and how optical printing works. 

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The Jazz Singer : First sound film

A clip from The Jazz Singer, the first live-action film with sound.
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De Forest filed the first patent on his phonofilm process. This enabled the recording of sound in electrical waveforms which can be translated back into sound waves when the movie was projected. This video clip above is The Jazz Singer, first sound film. Since then, the era for sound film began. 

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George Melies - The Conjuror 1899

Melies was a French illusionist and magician, who after viewing theLumiere Brothers early film projector in 1895, the cinematographe, started making his own films. He was an early pioneer in special effects. Many of his special effects were done in-camera. That means he used the camera to create the effects, not any editing devices. One of his most popular films was the sci fi production, A Trip to the Moon.

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He invented the special effect known as “stop motion” these days. That effect is being widely used even now so it is essential part of "technical innovation". The YouTube clip above is an example of the Melies “stop-trick” special effect. 

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The History of Matte Painting

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It's a video clip showing several scenes from famous movies which include some of the most stunning matte paintings in film history. It's just interesting to see how this great visual effect developed in the last 60 years. 

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Citizen Kane : Deep focus

Citizen Kane : Deep focus | Film Technical Innovation | Scoop.it

Deep focus refers to having everything in the frame, even the background, in focus at the same time, as opposed to having only the people and things in the foreground in focus. The deep focus technique requires the cinematographer to combine lighting, composition, and type of camera lens to produce the desired effect..

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Citizen Kane made cinematic advances on many fronts, and its most significant contribution to cinematography came from the use of a technique known as deep focus.

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