Movie making technology has drastically improved and grown more complex since the first movie was made around 100 years ago. From its humble beginnings as moving photographs, it has evolved into a tantalizing experience that thrills our senses and stimulates our minds.
In the early days, movies were rudimentary and short, lasting no more than a couple of minutes. One peculiar thing about these movies was that they were all silent. Though inventors tried to incorporate synchronous sound with the pictures, no practical method was devised till the late 1920s. But that did not stop these silent movies and their stars from becoming timeless classics.
Recognize him? Yes, that’s Charlie Chaplin, one of the most well known comedians of all time.
By the 1930s, the sound problem was solved and movies really took off, heralding in what is known as the Golden Age of Hollywood. This era is filled with great classics like Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind and King Kong. Hollywood stars also flourished and many of them, like Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn, and Humphrey Bogart are still admired to this day. No small feat, when you consider that all these movies were in black and white.
Color movies only went mainstream in the mid 1950s with the introduction of the monopack color film by Eastman Kodak. From there, advances in film and also audio technology vastly improved movies, opening up entirely new and novel avenues for storytelling.
Today, movies are an immersive audio visual experience that leaves its audience spellbound. Most movies boast of surround sound and usually come in hi-definition format, able to deliver superb quality sound and crisp, clear visuals. The use of special effects and CGI (computer generated imagery) also enables movie makers to bring our very imagination to the screen.
New developments in movie technology, such as 3-D format, promises to bring movies to an entirely new level. Could we actually see the development of a 3-D interactive entertainment system in the future? Only time will tell.
If that ever comes true, I would want a Star Trek holodeck for Christmas please.