Film as the Most Important Art Form of the Twentieth Century
The use of film and its explorations have progressed steadily since
the 1800’s and as our title suggests, it has become an important art
form and a huge influence on society today. Influencing the way we
live, the way we speak, the way we act and more. There isn’t an art
form closer to representing ‘reality’; this is why film has such an
affect on all of us!
The first ‘image of motion’ created was in 1873 when Eadweard
Muybridge, an English photographer used a series of cameras placed
along a racetrack to capture the movement of a galloping horse.
Muybridge then moved a step closer to the existence of film when he
invented The Zoopraxiscope projector - a series of rotating glass
disks with images painted on each panel. This set the platform for
others to enhance his workings and to eventually create the worlds
first motion camera in 1884 and the first roll of film a year later,
invented by Americans Thomas Eakins and George Eastman and used by
Englishman William Friese-Greene who is known in history as the first
creator of film after his short production showing a girl rolling her
After moving image was born, inventors and photographers progressed to
invent equipment known as The Electro-Tachyscope, The Kinetoscope, The
Vitascope and more early forms of the Motion Camera, these adapted
until the present day. We have numerous different types of Motion
Camera today, each offering a slightly different type of image,
depending on what the filmmakers are trying to achieve. As well as
just capturing the image, today’s cameras are also able to record
sound, add effects and some even offer an editing option within the
camera itself! They come in all shapes and sizes and the most recent
progression has been video capture through the use of handheld mobile
As these camera’s can offer what is considered as ‘advanced’ today,
the many film directors now take full advantage and a modern film is
often based around its use and level of special effects and stunts.
These directors are given the opportunity to take everyday life
activities and add to them in the most exciting or surreal ways
possible! As viewers, we can relate to these scenes but the
additional, experimental effects cause our minds to expand and think
into more depth about our daily experiences. This is how film today in
the Twentieth Century can be argued to be the most important art form.
No matter how it is done, art has always represented something or
someone from our lives today, in the past or even in the future.
Paintings and photography for example portray still image, whereas
film and theatre works through conveying image, sound and movement! It
could be argued that therefore theatre can be just as important as
film, though theatre...