Cinema Page 31

It’s the weekend and you don’t have much to do. So you decide to call some of your friends and then you decide to hit the movies and watch what’s breaking all the records on screens all around the world. Or maybe you decide to buy an all-time classic and spend your weekend watching it on your home cinema while eating some take-out food.

But the fact is that movies in particular and motion picture in general have a much greater influence on our lives than a simple weekend leisure activity. Our lives would be much quieter without motion picture and maybe much less lively. It is on our TVs and screens anywhere we go, on our smartphones and even in our planes and our cars.

But it wasn’t always like this. Not very long ago 3D movies were quite a luxury. Further back into the past, movies were in black and white and before that sound did not accompany films. This billion dollar industry wasn’t always the way it is today.

To find out how motion picture works, it is maybe easier to make an example. We have all at one point tried to create or seen a flip book. The idea is that you draw almost identical pictures on each of the pages of a book. But each of these pictures is slightly different than the previous one, maybe half a second forward in time. Then you flip the pages quite fast, and magic happens; static pictures start moving.

Although the interest mankind took in pictures goes back to thousands of years ago, it was in the 1890’s that the industry took its first baby steps.