Visual Techniques in Film and Television

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Visual Techniques in Film and Television

Visual Literacy in Business (ACB0918A)

May 26, 2009

Visual Techniques in Film and Television

Television and film run hand in hand in this day and time. While film or motion pictures are created for the “big screen,” television was created to be viewed at home. As it states in World Book Advanced, “television is one of our most important means of communication. It brings moving pictures from around the world into millions of homes” (Curtin, 2009.) One of the most popular forms of entertainment is motion pictures or movies. Television stations also broadcast movies to educate and entertain their audience. Originally a person had to go to a theater to view a movie and experience the full effect, with the recent improvements in technology one can view the same movie at home with some of the same effect. “Motion picture is a series of images recorded on film, tape or video that appear to move when played through a film projector or a video entertainment system. Also known as movies, film or cinema, motion pictures are one of the most popular forms of art and entertainment through out the world.” (Rabiger, Sklar and Tanis, 2009) Movies are created by recording images or creating images with the use of animation or special effects. Movies date back to the 1800’s. Over the last two hundred years movies have evolved quite a bit from the original black and white films without sound to the new digital picture with surround sound. Movies are made to be watched in theaters along with a large audience, they tend to have the greatest impact this way. Movies are filmed in “widescreen,” which means the picture has a larger width to height ratio. Special effects and animation are also used in modern movies. Filmmakers use the camera to express different points of views. By filming from different angles and editing they are able to make the audience see what they want them to see. Television...
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