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A Short History of Cinema

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 10, 2008 by angielee777

So i found this youtube video on Eadweard Muybridge’s different movie clips that he made and it was cool to see the progression we have made from then to present day. Back then, they had to use multiple cameras to create a short film, but today we’ve progressed to a place of producing 1.5 (+/-) hour films and with vast amounts of computer effects.

I think it’s cool to always take a step back and see how far we’ve come as a whole in the realm of Cinema.

How do you think cinema has evolved? Today, what progressions or no progressions have you seen in cinema?


How to watch a film

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 10, 2008 by angielee777

“When cinema was invented, it was initially used to record life, like an extension of photography. It became an art when it moved away from the documentary. It was at this point that it was acknowledged as no longer a means of mirroring life, but a medium by which to intensify it.” – François Truffaut

Something I find interesting about this quote is that it assumes a documentary mirrors life.    In the case of a documentary the documentarist has an agenda and manipulates their material in a way that would best convey that agenda.  Take for instance Michael Moore, here we have a guy who thinks that Bush sucks and tries to make people think the way he does about Bush (by revealing “secret” stuff about him)…so for him, life is mirrored by his opinion or rather by the facts that we see.  I’m sure there were facts that were left out of his documentary in order for him to get his point across.  

So i ask…Is there really an accurate mirror of what life is?

Big media.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 15, 2008 by angielee777

So i was looking up about cinema and digital media in society and found out some interesting facts about BIG MEDIA…i guess BIG MEDIA are 5 corporations [General Electric, Walt Disney Company, Viacom/CBS, Time Warner, and News Corporation] that control all the majority of US media (newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, music, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies).  This is a big problem because these corporations have the ability to control everything that we watch and hear about in the media.  Here are some videos that I found on this issue:

This is a general video on the issue of media in the US


***interesting media monopoly we have going on…I think we as consumers must be aware of this and attentive to what we are presented through the media.