History of Color Movies

Though traditionally motion pictures are presented in color, the art of filmmaking didn’t always have the advantage of telling stories with the same visual spectrum that the human eye sees the world. Early films were only available in black and white, and even after color started being used in Hollywood, it took quite awhile before black and white wasn’t the norm.

A new video essay dives into the history of color movies and also illustrates how important it is to storytelling by conveying feelings, describing characters, influencing tone and much more. Because we see color everyday, we might just take for granted how it can be used to do more than just make something look pretty. Read More »

VOTD: Find Out How Film Projectors Work

how film projectors work

If you’re a huge fan of movies, but you don’t know much about the technology that makes them possible, then we have the perfect informational video for you.

University of Illinois professor Bill Hammack, known as EngineerGuy on YouTube, has put together this informative video about how film projectors work. As the video description says:

Bill tears apart a film projector to reveal the amazing mechanisms used in the pre-digital age to trick the mind into seeing a moving image. He uses high speed photography and animations to show how the projector moves the film intermittently, how a shutter strategically blocks light as the film moves, and how the photo sensor reads the sound. He explains how all these mechanisms are synced.

Find how film projectors work after the jump! Read More »