The Evolution of Cinematography

We all love to watch movies. However, do you know the history of cinema? If you are interested, go on and check this article!

The History of Cinema

Why does everyone love watching movies? It helps us to spend our free time; we entertain ourselves and learn something new while watching a new film (even if it is not a documentary). Moreover, films can be used as a media of education. Everyone knows that learning languages is much easier when you listen to the native speakers and all you need for that is a movie without dubbing.

The history of cinematography is a complex and exciting period, which lasts till now. It is an incredible story of human’s intelligence and creativity.

So, Who Was the First?

The history of cinema begins in the 19th century. By the way, the photography as a method of the fixation of unmovable pictures appeared at the begging of the same century. To make the filming process real, cameras needed an ability to take shots with a very short exposure. It was a long way and the inventors of cinema had tried not even a dozen times before they finally succeed.

As a result, brothers Lumiere created the first motion picture. The simplicity of their method got a great success and popularity. They showed films on a big screen for a wide audience. The first public demonstration was in Paris in March, 1895, but the birthday of filmmaking is December 28, 1895, when a short length movie was shown for a commercial purpose.

The brothers called their device “cinematography” and that was a starting point.

Cinema or Cinematography?

The Lumieres’ invention was the cinematography, but not the cinema. Lumieres thought that the main idea of their device was to capture a newsreel for the descendants. However, even without a plot and the element of amusement, the cinematography became a worldwide attraction.

The first one who saw an entertaining ability and a potential to expand the role of “cinematography”was Georges-Jean Melies, the director of the theater in Paris. He started to produce films with a plot using a script; his works were full of special effects and tricks. The biggest popularity gained the “Journey to the Moon.”

The attitude of the society to the cinema was changing gradually – from the perception of it only as a form of entertainment to the perception of it as an art form. Lately in France has appeared the term “film d’Aro” – “a feature film.”More information about it you can find here

Where Was It Spread?

By the year 1910, about 70% of the movies were produced in France. However, other countries such as the US, UK, and Germany began to affect the development of the world cinema.

Some of the most successful products in the American cinema in 1920 were comedies, especially with Charlie Chaplin.

The Development of “Talkies”

In the beginning, all movies were silent. By 1927, they all consisted only of the picture without sounds. In the early 1920s, there were the first systems that could record and play sound films, but the filmmakers have been cautious for a long time because of fear of a significant rise in production and a movie rental. The first experiment was put into practice by the American company “Warner Brothers.” In 1927, they released the first film, in which a character on the screen was talking. This movie was called “Jazz Singer.” Since then, all movies amaze audience not only with a captivated image but also with a deep voice and deep thoughts.

Well, nothing can become great without a hard and exhausting work. For many years, the cinematography was developing and polishing up. Now we have a huge industry, which fails sometimes, but still proves that the exalted of the earth can make incredible things happen.