The industry of cinema may be dying or reinventing itself but the Art of cinema will live on. One of the great things about the movies was not the recreation of reality but the creation of non-reality.
There’s a great book called The Invisible Art: The Legends of Movie Matte Painting which shows brilliantly how much of what we took for granted as being real in cinema was actually images painted by hand.
The techniques of manipulating light to create moving images is centuries old and has been absorbed into our psyche, our culture and our day-to-day vocabulary to such a degree we are no longer the same kind of human beings which existed before the dawn of cinema. I won’t get into arguments as to whether that’s good or bad – it just is.
Newer technologies are calling to us now and changing us further. It always helps to take a look back now and then to remind ourselves where we came from and how far we’ve travelled on this journey of augmented evolution. And it’s fun too!
I found this over at Gizmodo. It’s 100 years of visual effects crammed into 5 minutes.
If you have any others to add go to the Gizmodo post and offer your comments – they’ve allowed for posting of video snips too.
Enjoy your day.