The Evolution of Film: from Silent to All Around

The evolution of film: from silent to all around

With the consistent development of new forms of entertainment and technology amongst many people the inevitable question is raised; will new media wipe all forms of traditional media (such as music, events or movies) off the face of this earth? As for music, forget about it, of course not. Same goes for events, as one may think people will always retain a certain need to physically get together, instead of always meeting up online. Off course, in a way, these forms are colliding with new media and new technologies. Furthermore, these are as ancient as the Greek themselves. Now what about movies?   If you think about it, movies are also as ancient as the Greek. Plays and dances had (and of course still have) many elements common to film; scripts, sets, lighting, costumes, production, direction, actors, audiences, storyboards, you name it. Therefore, it is ridiculous to think that new forms of entertainment will be the death of the movie industry. It might seize to exist as we know it, but when you think about it, throughout the years, it already has quite a few times.

Film historians more or less unanimously agree that the first public exhibition of motion pictures occurred on the 28th of December 1895, when the famed Lumière Brothers showed a selection of their single-reel films. Word has it that when one of their reels, L’arrivee d’un train a La Ciotat (showing the arrival of a train at the station) was shown, the audience, unfamiliar with the concept of moving images, fled the theatre in fear of being run over by the approaching train. Today, we merely yield when an “object” gets thrown our way during any given 3D movie.

What followed after that day was an era of over thirty years in which the movies were black and white and above all else silent (although usually film was supported by live musicians). Filming in color has been possible ever since the introduction of Technicolor in 1915. But the trend...