What Software Do Hollywood Movies Use?
Aug30

What Software Do Hollywood Movies Use?

Many young filmmakers and movie enthusiasts wonder what software platforms are used by the big players in Hollywood. There seems to be a lot of misinformation about this floating around the internet, so I decide to write a post about what programs are actually industry standard.   Editing  One of the first programs any new filmmaker learns is an editing program of some sort. These days most young people cut their teeth on Apple...

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Continuity Editing
Aug14

Continuity Editing

  Continuity editing is a system pioneered by early filmmakers to join a series of separate shots into one continuous experience. It seeks to make shots as inconspicuous as possible and to provide enough information for the viewer to fill in the gaps where necessary. Continuity of action is a central tenant, the idea being that a single action is continued across both shots. IE- a man starts to raise his arm before the cut, and...

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Edwin S. Porter
Aug14

Edwin S. Porter

Edwin S. Porter is best known as the director of The Great Train Robbery (1903). Though short by today’s standards, the film was, at the time, an epic. It was the first western, the first movie about criminals, and is also widely considered the first violent movie.   From a filmmaking standpoint, Porter was pivotal in his use of camera work. He was the first filmmaker to experiment in a significant way with varying the...

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Nickelodeon Theaters
Aug14

Nickelodeon Theaters

Prior to the nickelodeon boom, movies in the US would primarily have been seen as part of Vaudeville shows, or other longer, more expensive expositions. Nickelodians were a relatively cheap way for the masses to see movies on a regular basis, and helped make movies not just a occasional treat, but a regular part of American life. It also vastly increased the demand for movies, leading to an increase in production. Some of the major...

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George Melies
Aug14

George Melies

George Melies was a French magician and theater owner who saw an early Lumiere expo and instantly became intrigued with the new medium. After the Lumiere’s refused to sell him a camera, he built his own, and began experimenting with what the technology could do. In 1896, Melies opened the first public theater in the world to regularly show movies.   As a filmmaker he became the first person to tell real stories (beyond the simple...

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