• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Film is the most important art form of the 20th Century - Discuss

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Art & Design section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Art & Design essays

  1. How have beauty and the grotesque been portrayed in art?

    From the many artists that have been looked at, it seems that the grotesque in figurative depictions have to be mixed with some sort of distortion or move away from reality, where as the beautiful is generally depicting the innocent side of reality.

  2. In What Ways Did Art Become More Widely Accessible in England in the Eighteenth ...

    Hogarth aimed for a lower-class audience and adopted a moralizing approach for his popular remarkably imaginative works, which were overflowing with vibrant characterisations and a wealth of detail8. Through his choice of subject (every day scenes, the 'down-and-outs' of society, etc.)

  1. An Examination of the Pre 20th Century Female Nude Painted by Men

    Almost immediately I was struck by the unusual length of the neck coupled with such an acute fall of the shoulders, combined with the abnormal depiction of her arm which is far from the realism Leonardo da Vinci captured; another prosperous artist of the century.

  2. Critical study of Edvard Munch and Edward Hopper - two artists whos work was ...

    In America composers like Copland were using distinct melodies and musical themes to express themselves along with much development in music as entertainment rather than art. There are other similarities in their work. In almost every example there is a detachment between the subjects in their paintings.

  1. Does Religious Art have any Relevance in Today's Society?

    the headlines of newspapers all over the world, becoming one of the most talked about subject of 2004 onward and one of the most famous books of all time. Many people still argue that artists and writers such as the above mentioned include religion in ther work merely to shock

  2. AS Photography - Image based study

    Here Penn expresses opulence in this photograph using the selection of food laid out before the viewer (this effect is enhanced by the use of colour in the image showing the ripeness of the fruit and the lusciousness of the watermelon.

  1. Applications of Photography

    Advertising photography is taking pictures that promote a product. These photos are used to persuade people to buy the product that they show. Advertising photography use mostly one technique to make their photos appealing and persuasive which is Photoshop. Most advertising photos are heavily photoshopped to enhance and improve the original image.

  2. The Female Form in Art. Contextual study Unit 3

    The inspiration of Gothic realism in these paintings is tempered by Botticelli's study of the antique still creating a fascinating perception of myth and poetry. This image is of the mythological goddess of love as a perfect woman figure

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work