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Technology in Film

            Technology in Film Over the years film has meant many different things to many different types of people. Cultures have been forever changed due to certain films being made. One of the things that has maintained films to stay appealing to audiences are the continuing advances in technology that keep films interesting, as well as challenge filmmakers to constantly develop new ideas. I will show how technology and the use therein contributes to film and the creative aspect that goes into producing a product that appeals to the mass public, as well as the downfalls that technology brings with it. Also how advancements in film stocks and processing techniques have brought us to the use of computer technology in films. There are a two crucial aspects of film that technology effects, these being, production, and post-production. The easiest way that I can analyze the effect that technology has had on film, is to use an example of a particular film, to do this I will use The Matrix. This film is a great example of what can be accomplished with the advances in technology. The first and most obvious effect that technology has had on film has been the advances of cameras and film stocks. When film was first introduced in the early 20th century the cameras were very large and awkward in shape. This reason made transporting these cameras extremely difficult as well as making it nearly impossible to manipulate the camera so that creative shots could be produced. For this, films early in the century are usually comprised of still shots with the action unfolding in front of the camera instead of following the action with the camera. Films that were made early in the 20th century were based solely on the action, actions of the actors to tell the story and the camera was used much less as a means to tell a story as it was to show the story that the actors were portraying. Today in film the camera is a large part of how the story is told.

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