Visual Film & Television Techniques

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Visual Film & Television Techniques

Visual Techniques

Film is the idea of individual motion pictures, the field of film as an

art form, and the motion picture industry. Films are produced by recording

photographic images with cameras, or by creating images using animation

techniques or visual effects. (Film, n.d.) To create a film you need cameras,

projectors, film stock, and lenses. The first films were created by the use of a

cranked camera. They were shot on a single reel, resulting in filmstrips that

were only 15-20 minutes. Independent producers pioneered the use of double

reel filmmaking during the years before World War I. This allowed the

production of longer films and opened the door for further growth and

opportunity. The Thaumatrope, Fantascope also known as the “spindle

viewer”, Kinematoscope, and the Praxinoscope were great inventions though

out time that complimented the first invention of film. The double reel camera

is another invention that became an icon of movie production.

By the 1880s, the development of the motion picture camera

allowed the individual component images to be captured and stored on a

single reel. This led quickly to the development of a motion picture projector to

shine light through the processed and printed film and magnify these "moving

picture shows" onto a screen for an entire audience. These reels are also known

as "motion pictures". Early motion pictures were static shots that showed an

event or action with no editing or other cinematic techniques. Though time,

color processes improved and became as affordable as black n white film.

(Camera, n.d.) The sophisticated use of lighting and different camera angles is

crucial in creating a scene's atmosphere. This is a development in the film

industry to enhance the visual and sensual impact on the audience. Motifs are

also used to further these impacts.

The history of television is...
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