Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Past and the Future of Cinematography

The cinema’s popularity made the motion pictures the largest entertainment industry. Cinema often referred to as the medium that disseminates moving pictures, is among the few available entertainments that really entertained. A cinema presentation is usually referred to as a movie, film, or motion picture. Academes refer to this as the study of film since the film has been historically used as the primary medium in the display of moving images

The development of the cinema has been significantly contributed to Thomas Edison and the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere. The use of film made it feasible to display images to audiences using a projection system. In fact, in the last decade of the 19th century, machines that record moving pictures, which project the display onto a screen have been numerously produced.

Initially, the cinema is purely visual. However, presenters were determined that providing a commentator to fill in the dialogue between the characters and to narrate the actions would be useful. Few years after, subtitles was included in the films which would display the dialogue of the actors as they speak. Thus, a commentator is no longer necessary.

Musicians, often pianists, are hired by theater owners to accompany the presentation rather than leave the audience in silence. The kinds of music being played are those that fit the mood of the film. Later, as technologies evolved, improvements on the audio have allowed filmmakers to create audio known as soundtracks to synchronize with the actions on the screen.

The introduction of color in the development of cinema has revolutionized the study of film. It has been adopted gradually and has since then been used universally. Only in rare exceptions where color in movies is not used – such a choice by filmmakers for an artistic touch.

The distribution of film includes different levels of processes. It begins with the shooting of the film and the original negatives of the camera are being cut together to assemble the story. Once the film is now assembled, it will then be transferred to a positive film stock (IP). The IP film print is then transferred back to the negative film stock (IN). Finally, the prints which are made from IN film will be released and shipped to different movie theaters for film projector screening.

Aside from the hassle of such processes, the quality of the film suffers. What audiences will see in the movie houses is no longer the original masterpiece. Furthermore, the film print collects dust and scratches every time it is played. Therefore, after a few weeks of at least five screenings in a day, the film will look like it is being dragged behind the truck.

After over 100 years of traditional distribution on films, Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) was created by famous film production/distribution units like Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2005 for the encouragement of the adoption of digital cinema all throughout the world. There were only a few hundred digital cinemas installed during that time but has now reached more than 5000 today.

As filmmakers find the traditional means of making motion pictures arduous, the advent of digital cinema has brought them felicity. Although film projectors are still being used in the majority of the theaters, it has been believed that it will be changed within the next few years.

3-Dimensional (3D) films have also helped in pushing the adoption of digital cinema. With the success in most of the 3D films, it has been expected that making this kind of films will become a surge in the future.

The future of digital cinema is very much promising. It has already provided new opportunities for theater owners and will still continue to provide such. Much more, it avoids a costly-film out process by filmmakers, especially the independent filmmakers, to reach the screens of the movie houses.

As digital cinema makes a lot of economical sense in the distribution front, huge changes in the industry will be involved. Distribution companies will have to cut down manpower as they considerably nearly have much work to do. Among others, piracy will be a major obstacle in this type of distribution as making exact copy of the video in bytes is just a piece of cake.