Essay On The Pioneers Of Film

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The beginning of film making is important event that has helped shaped our media in today’s society. Back during the early 1900’s, the world was dramatically changing and this process needed to be captured. Through early pioneers who accepted a challenge to change the way citizens view the world, they found a way through different styles to capture the changes of the world with film. These pioneers used their creative minds to bring their personalities to life with the films they produce about different social and economic changes during that time. The history goes back to the emergence of urbanization, industrialization, and leisure activities. With the growth of cultural modernity there was evolvement in technology to produce equipment to …show more content…
The first of those film pioneers being Thomas Edison his early films such as The Kiss (1896) that was the first production of taking still life and putting it into making a narrative film. Edison also started the first film studio called the Black Maria during the last 1800’s. Another pair of pioneers for the film movement is the Lumière Brothers. The contribution that they provided to the development to the film industry was the development of the cinematograph that they used for their films such as Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (Lumière Brothers, 1896). The films they produce cross the borderline of cinema attraction and a representation narrative. They also were the first to have a paid viewing of one of their films at the Grand Café in Paris in 1895. Then we have another film pioneers named Georges Méliès. Méliès was a well-known illusionist and would incorporate these special effects into his films such as A Trip to the Moon (1902). He also was the one of the first directors to use the editing trick of cross-cutting to show a different almost cinema of attraction perspective of one scene in a film. The last of the pioneers during this growing film movement would be Edwin S. Porter. Porter‘s film direction was influence quite a bit of Méliès’ work. In the film Life of an American Fire (Edwin S. Porter, 1903), he uses the same cross-cutting techniques from Méliès’ work to create a narrative of continued …show more content…
The early viewing of film were inspired by the idea of attractions brought to an audience to show a spectacle, which helped develop the idea of cinema of attraction. These attractions would provide arcades where citizens were allowed to play with new technology. One of the early film exhibitions would be the Eden Musee by Edwin S. Porter where directors would bring their films to create slides of shorts to make a viewing program for audience. After the event in 1895 where the Lumière Brothers had citizens pay a small fee to watch their films, the concepts of nickelodeons started to spread. Nickelodeons are theaters where you would pay only a nickel to watch a narrative film. With the combination of both these element during the beginning of the 20th century, history of film would have been different as people have known

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