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Film is the most important art form of the Twentieth Century - Discuss 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 eyes. ...read more.


more than one real-time scene and the viewer doesn't have to use as much imagination to understand exactly what is being portrayed. In terms of artistic levels, it may be argued that there is more talent involved with still art such as paintings or even still advertising because they can convey as much as a film through one striking, silent image but this doesn't add any importance. I suppose we could also look into the art form of music, books and poetry but these can all be included within the aspects of a film even though they are individual art forms in themselves. Filmmakers of the Twentieth Century on a whole seem to have had the opportunity to progress the art of film-making from a fairly steady platform, whereas before it seems film-making was always on a slightly less reliable level, as film was not as readily available and accessible as it is today! Pre-Twentieth Century directors were forced to experiment with effects and ways of capturing the images so that they could create the perfect image required and progress the use of film. Today, it seems we have achieved that and it cannot progress much further unless we move onto advanced use of 3 dimensional films so the action is occurring around or within its actual audience! ...read more.


What we see on an every day basis is life, whereas what we see on film, on the screen is an image which our brain often accepts as life but isn't actually real therefore it can be adapted in all kinds of ways, this is a very powerful way of communication and enhances our minds experience in my opinion. One strong argument for the importance of still art is that it has a much more historic background, we are known to still have paintings dating all the way back to the Fourteenth Century, therefore these can tell us and help us realise what history was like. Though again, film creates a much more accurate image and in the future when people look back at film of our lives today, they will surely find it easier to understand than still art. All art-forms are important in their own ways but film offers so much more information to its viewers and these can be absolutely anyone because it isn't forcing us to do anything we wouldn't do anyway. We naturally, live, look and think, this is what is required to watch a film, it is the easiest art-form to inhale so whatever's being portrayed holds a great importance as a way to educate, inform and inspire society today. ...read more.

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