Essay The Peak Of Silent Cinema

1963 Words Dec 14th, 2016 8 Pages
Every successful new film technology has made it easier to tell more effective stories and place emotion on greater levels for the audience. The peak of silent cinema occurred when filmmakers learned to use lighting, cutting, and camera movement to provide viewers visual access to character emotion. The addition of sound made it easier to control emotion—the audience could be manipulated through sound effects, soundtrack, and voices. Color, at its best, allows filmmakers to paint emotion in a picture, carefully controlling it to absorb the audience into a character’s perspective (like in Up). Widescreen has allowed for more expressive and immersive compositions. In each case, technology has been used to connect the audience to the story on the screen. 3D, however, has had trouble moving past simply being a spectacle. A spectacle only remains a spectacle for a limited amount of time; for technology to survive, it has to become an essential storytelling method. Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity ties spectacle to character subjectivity in a way not so fully seen in earlier 3D pictures, resulting in a film that can transport the audience into space and have them feel the peril of Ryan Stone 's journey.
As established in Avatar, 3D is terrific for floating objects around on the screen (bubbles!). Luckily for Gravity, space is a floater’s paradise. Earlier 3D films have frequently floated objects in front of the screen to highlight the use of 3D. For Gravity, it’s a perfectly logical…

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