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13 New Technologies That Permanently Changed Movies



The film industry has undergone rapid evolution over the past century. In its early days, sound on film seemed impossible. However, as we fast-forward to 2023, studios not only include sound but also have the technology to create films while acknowledging that their audience may include people with disabilities. Some of the most influential classics, box office hits, and even independent successes have relied on groundbreaking technology to reach potential audiences and cultivate a consumer base. Gargantuan franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and mighty corporations like Disney have incorporated copious amounts of innovative feats to improve the quality of movies as well as the process of their creation. The 20th century was largely defined by exciting developments like the camera and the incorporation of sound, laying a foundation for groundbreaking inventions, rapid growth, and expansions that saw the 21st century decorated with amazing films and defining eras like Film Noir, French New Wave, New Queer Cinema, and Blaxploitation.

Without further ado, let us examine some of the most important pieces of technology that have largely contributed to the success and allure of cinematography.

Algorithmic Video Editing
Algorithmic video editing allows production teams to splice, format, and sequence scenes using computer coding, instead of manually editing film footage. The origins of the technique can be traced back to the infancy of the Soviet Union, notably Sergei Eisenstein. Celebrated as a pioneer in filmmaking and editing, his 1925 montage was one of the earliest examples of what many would come to recognize as algorithmic video editing. By combining a series of feasible applications and equations, production teams have been granted the power to organize and improve films in a much more efficient manner. Algorithmic video editing can be found on news networks like CNN or major film studios like Disney.

Sound Film
Sound was not added to film until October 12, 1927, otherwise known as the premiere date for The Jazz Singer. Not only was it a useful addition that expands on the film’s ability to entertain the audience, but it also is an accessible feat for film watchers of the blind community.

3D Printing
Filmmakers have been able to reimagine entire sets, characters, and props specific to the film they are working on, thanks to 3D technology. 3D printing has been an immense help to set design crews, providing them with the resources necessary for creating models of intricate architecture and unique wardrobes and aesthetics for characters. After its mainstream debut in 2005, films such as Thor and Black Panther have been recognized for their extensive reliance on 3D printing. The most prominent example of a film practically built on 3D printing is the Star Wars film Rogue One.

3D Previsualization
3D visualization refers to the process of imagining and planning out scenes and sequences of events before filming. Commonly found in animation, video games, and still photography projects, the process has been accredited to photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Minor White. The 3D component arrived in the early 1990s, with Jurassic Park being the first film to incorporate aspects of the film.

CGI
Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been a staple among film studios since the early 50s. First introduced in Vertigo, CGI was used solely in the opening credits. The sci-fi western, Westworld, was released in 1973 and became the first film to use CGI throughout the film. Currently, film studios have been criticized for over-relying on CGI, sacrificing the substance of the film’s storyline in exchange for spectacular scenes that only really compel audiences visually.

VFX
Visual Effects software or VFX is noted for its specificity. While CGI does not require sophisticated software to conjure images and motion, VFX does, and as a result, the process takes place after post-production. The process itself finds VFX compositors combining realistic aspects of the films with special effects, whether they be in 2D, 3D, or otherwise. Films regarded as exemplary as it pertains to VFX use include the Matrix trilogy and The Life of Pi.

Methods of Release
From being available only at theaters to being uploaded to streaming sites, the countdown to a film’s release has radically changed since the early 1900s. The VHS, alongside the DVD, would be the main format for film consumption until the invention of digital cinema in the late 1990s. With the advent of platforms like Netflix, the streaming age would take films to new heights, providing audiences with the ability to stay home and watch some of the biggest films of the year, underrated masterpieces, and overlooked releases.

The Camera
The camera is the most crucial tool for filming, over the years, the camera has experienced a significant series of evolutions that have, in turn, revolutionized the film industry in a myriad of ways. The first motion picture was captured in 1888 after a fruitful collaboration between Eadweard Muybridge and Thomas Edison. Contemporary examples of popular cameras include the “Arri Alexa” and the “Red” cameras.

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The Schüfftan Process
The unique editing process that defined a series of Alfred Hitchcock films found its footing in the late 1920s. Bearing the…

The film industry evolved rapidly over a century. During its inception, sound on film was impossible. Fast-forward to 2023 and not only have studios included sound but also have the technology to create films while acknowledging that their audience can and will include people with disabilities.


Some of the most influential classics, box office hits, and even independent successes all relied on groundbreaking technology to reach potential audiences and cultivate a consumer base. Gargantuan franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and mighty corporations like Disney have incorporated copious amounts of innovative feats to improve the quality of movies as well as the process of their creation.

The 20th century was largely defined by exciting developments like the camera and the incorporation of sound, laying a foundation for groundbreaking inventions, rapid growth, and expansions that saw the 21st century decorated with amazing films and defining eras like Film Noir, French New Wave, New Queer Cinema, and Blaxploitation.

Without further ado, it would be wise to examine some of the most important pieces of technology that have largely contributed to the success and allure of cinematography.

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13 Algorithmic Video Editing

The horse riding scene from The Little Mermaid
Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures

While components of algorithmic video editing have already been implemented into production, rather than manually editing film footage, algorithmic video editing allows production to splice, format, and sequence scenes using computer coding.

The origins of the technique can be traced back to the infancy of the Soviet Union, namely Sergei Eisenstein. Celebrated as a pioneer in filmmaking and editing, his 1925 montage was one of the earliest examples of what many would come to recognize as algorithmic video editing.

By combining a series of feasible applications and equations, production teams have been granted the power to organize and improve films in a much more efficient manner. As stated before, algorithmic video editing can be found on news networks like CNN or major film studios like Disney.

12 The Sound Film

Metropolis (1927) by Fritz Lang
Perfume

Prior to the addition of sound to film, the silent film captivated audiences all over the country. Some of the most famous silent films include Metropolis and Nosferatu Both films relied on what we have come to know as subtitles, providing audiences with a visual depiction of the various character’s dialogue.

Related: Here Are 9 of the Best Silent Movies of All Time

Sound would not be added to film until October 12, 1927, otherwise known as the premiere date for The Jazz Singer. Not only was it a useful addition that expands on the film’s ability to entertain the audience, but it also is an accessible feat for film watchers of the blind community.

11 3D Printing

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in Rogue One
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Since the advent of 3D technology, filmmakers have been able to reimagine entire sets, characters, and props specific to the film they are working on. 3D printing has been an immense help to set design crews, providing them with the resources necessary for creating models of intricate architecture and unique wardrobes and aesthetics for characters. After its mainstream debut in 2005, films such as Thor and Black Panther have been recognized for their extensive reliance on 3D printing. The most prominent example of a film practically built on 3D printing is the Star Wars film Rogue One.

10 3D Previsualization

Jurassic Park
Universal Pictures

3D visualization refers to the process of imagining and planning out scenes and sequences of events before filming. Commonly found in animation, video games, and still photography projects, the process has been accredited to photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Minor White.

The 3D component arrived in the early 1990s, with Jurassic Park being the first film to incorporate aspects of the film. A successful collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Industrial Light and Magic, the film is widely regarded as ahead of its time due to engaging with one of the few companies that had access to the necessary technology that would ultimately improve the viewing experiences for audiences.

9 CGI

Westworld 1973
MGM

The ever-so-useful yet lately, controversial, CGI has been a staple among film studios since the early 50s. First introduced in Vertigocomputer-generated imagery (CGI) was used solely in the opening credits. The sci-fi western, Westworld, was released in 1973 and became the first film to use CGI throughout the film. Given the nature of the themes discussed, and the settings explored, CGI contributed to the overall appeal of the film.

It wasn’t until the ’90s that CGI became more accessible. Along with the Internet, CGI was also available to anyone with a computer at home. CGI has been used to turn desolate terrain into miraculous, futuristic cities, and conjure up peaceful abodes using applications like Blender. Currently, film studios have been criticized for over-relying on CGI, sacrificing the substance of the film’s storyline in exchange for spectacular scenes that only really compel audiences visually.

8 VFX

The Matrix
Warner Bros.

An additional component to the film creation process, Visual Effects software or VFX is noted for its specificity. While CGI does not require sophisticated software to conjure images and motion, VFX does, and as a result, the process takes place after post-production. The process itself finds VFX compositors combining realistic aspects of the films with special effects, whether they be in 2D, 3D, or otherwise.

Films regarded as exemplary as it pertains to VFX use include the Matrix trilogy and The Life of Pi. Both films maintain a balance between the impressive visual effects, the realistic aspects of their respective worlds, and most importantly, the intriguing plots of both films.

7 Methods of Release

Some of the cast of Black Mirror_ Bandersnatch
Netflix

From debuting in theaters to being uploaded to streaming sites, the countdown to a film’s release has radically changed since the early 1900s. Prior to the ’70s, films were mainly available at theaters, driving in massive crowds of avid fans to view the pictures in person. Following the invention of the videotape recorder (VTR) and the videocassette recorder (VCR) in the 1950s, cinema creation evolved, initiating the physical era. Films such as The Lion King enjoyed record-breaking success after being released on VHS.

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The VHS, alongside the DVD, would be the main format for film consumption until the invention of digital cinema in the late 1990s. The Last Broadcastreleased on October 23, 1998, is regarded as the first film to be released digitally. With Apple looking to digitize the entertainment industry, films could be found on iTunes, much like singles and albums.

With the advent of platforms like Netflix, the streaming age would take films to new heights, providing audiences with the ability to stay home and watch some of the biggest films of the year, underrated masterpieces, and overlooked releases. Interactive video formats have been available online but with the release of films like Bandersnatchaudiences could immerse themselves into an already familiar franchise and actively decide the trajectory of their characters.

6 The Camera

Keke Palmer in Nope
Universal Pictures

The camera is the most crucial tool for filming, over the years, the camera has experienced a significant series of evolutions that have, in turn, revolutionized the film industry in a myriad of ways.

The increase in quality of the footage is a clear indication of such, however, the technology that separates the 1879 zoopraxiscope from the Betamax is a much more complex topic than one would believe. The first motion picture was captured in 1888 after a fruitful collaboration between Eadweard Muybridge and Thomas Edison. After arriving with a zoopraxiscope of his own, Muybridge and Edison thought it best to pair it with the latter’s phonograph. The final result was Plate 626, a clip from Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion, which was a crucial component of Jordan Peele’s most recent marvel, Nope.

Contemporary examples of popular cameras include the “Arri Alexa” and the “Red” cameras. Both have been recognized for their high resolution, providing the film crew and the audiences with clear, riveting scenes to review and enjoy.

5 The Schüfftan Process

A Still From The Man Who Knew Too Much
Paramount Pictures

The unique editing process that defined a series of Alfred Hitchcock films found its footing in the late 1920s. Bearing the namesake of its inventor, Eugen Schüfftan, the Schüfftan Process combines a camera with a mirror set at an angle to blend the real-life scenery with the reflective surface.

Metropolis was the first film to include the technique, however, other notable examples include The Man Who Knew Too Much and Blackmail. Due to its combination of scenes, the Schüfftan Process is largely perceived as the precursor to the use of mattes in film.

4 Compositing

The Bubble is a dangerously irrisponsible covid 19 themed comedy that is awful
Netflix

While 3D Printing and VFX are components of compositing, the act of compositing is defined as taking distinct, visual aspects from various sources and merging them into one single video. Due to its effectiveness, compositing is largely seen as the foundation for modern entertainment and broadcasting. News networks splice headlines, video clips, and interviews to best present breaking news to their audience, lend space to guest correspondents, and ultimately convince viewers to acknowledge and invest in the respective stories of the day.

3 The Blue Screen

The Thief of Bagdad
United Artists

The most common formats for compositing are the blue and green screens, otherwise known as the chroma key. Typically, used primarily for live-action filming, the screens allow production to impose visuals onto the background of any given scene, offering realistic settings for audiences to indulge in and actors to rely on when filming.

The blue screen was invented in the 1930s, specifically by RKO Radio Studios, who used the blue screen for productions such as Flying Down To Rio (1933). Larry Butler was also credited for the popularization of the blue screen with films such as The Thief Of Bagdad (1940), where the technique was used to depict a genie escaping a bottle.

2 The Green Screen

Mary Poppins
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The blue screen would be the dominant tool for compositing until the production of Mary Poppins. Motivated to advance the existing technology, Disney hired Petro Vlahos, an engineer and inventor. Rather than using the blue screen, he opted for using a yellow screen, mimicking the color of the sodium gas he frequently worked with. Following a series of refinements, the yellow screen soon became the widely recognizable green screen.

Alongside its early success, the industry decided to opt for green since most meteorologists tended to wear blue suits. Furthermore, the green screen was much more ideal for outdoor filming since the blue sky would complicate filming with a blue screen. Despite the popularity of the green screen, the process is also noted for its difficulty. Issues such as overexposure, uneven lighting, and costuming can threaten the feasibility of filming.

1 Real Time Rendering

Avatar 3 speculations
20th Century Studios

With origins in the gaming world, real-time rendering has been noted by many as a game changer in the film industry. In comparison to the congested CGI process, real-time rendering offers film studios a quicker alternative. Not only is the process itself much more efficient but real-time rendering also lays the foundation for exciting collaboration with other software and effective editing of scenes.

Prime examples of films that have experimented with real-time rendering include Avatar and The Jungle Book, with both productions using aspects of real-time rendering to create fascinating worlds like Pandora, enriching the already expansive lore of the respective film and providing alluring visuals.

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