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March 4, 2013

     Movies have come a long way to become what they are today. We have to be thankful to the many who put in the effort to give us what we can enjoy in the movie theaters today. Early movie formats were nowhere near as good as they are now, but they have came to be what they are through long and tedious processes of trial and error. 

     From early photography and its development, many scientists and engineers came up with the idea of capturing motion pictures. These ideas later led to the development of nickelodeons through the creation of devices used to play a series of pictures at a fast speed in order to make it look like the picture is actually moving. Thomas Edison played a vital part in the projection of the images taken by a camera onto a screen. His idea consisted of passing light through the images to make theme appear onto a bigger screen. “The Kinetoscope is an early motion picture exhibition device. The Kinetoscope was designed for films to be viewed by one individual at a time through a peepholeviewer window at the top of the device. The Kinetoscope was not a movie projectorbut introduced the basic approach that would become the standard for all cinematic projection before the advent of video, by creating the illusion of movement by conveying a strip of perforated film bearing sequential images over a light source with a high-speed shutter.”<; The Kinetoscope was an interesting invention, but it was primarily the idea of Thomas Edison as explained above. This and many other early inventions put together with the improvements made by modern scientists made movies a hit.

     “The latter was a cabinet in which a continuous loop of Dickson’s celluloid film (powered by anelectric motor) was back lit by an incandescent lamp and seen through a magnifying lens.” <> As explained above, the more modern scientists added to Thomas Edison’s ideas making early movies a hit. As technology became better, the prices of movie tickets was cheaper, making them more affordable, thus bringing in larger crowds. “In the early days of silent movies the names of the actors and actresses appearing in movies were not publicized or credited because producers feared this would result in demands for higher salaries.[2] However, audience curiosity soon undermined this policy. By 1909, actresses such as Florence Lawrence and Mary Pickford were already widely recognized.” <; The above quote lets you know that as silent films progressed into full color motion picture with sound, many stars that were not noticed before became famous and known by their voice and physical features which were all displayed better as movies progressed. In conclusion, movies evolved into what they are today mainly because of the growth in technology which made them more of a thrill for people to see. 


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