When you think of the word entertainment, what comes to mind? Most likely your favorite TV show or your new favorite movie. Today I am going to tell you about the evolution of television, and my thoughts about it. It all started with photographs, then moving pictures were developed, then silent films, and finally; movies and animation.
First Moving Pictures:
The first ever moving picture was made by Eadweard Muybridge in 1880. He was the first person to figure out how to make pictures move like real life. He set up a whole row of cameras with trip wires, so that when the wires were tripped, the camera would take a picture. He had a horse and rider run in front of the cameras, capturing a whole bunch of pictures of a running horse. Then he played the film in one of his inventions; the zoöpraxiscope, giving the illusion of an actual moving horse (see the moving picture above). I found this interesting video on how the Zoopraxiscope works.
Developments and Innovations:
Over the next couple of years, innovators took the moving picture idea and ran with it. George Eastman invented a type of film to replace the glass plates that had limited photographers so much, and eventually, innovators figured out how to make a camera that recorded motion onto a roll of film. This produced what they called silent films. Short movies without sound (most were less than 1/2 and hour long). By 1928, sound was introduced, and now, since it was more enjoyable to watch, film makers started making full length movies. The well loved Mickey Mouse debuted in 1928 with it’s first episode called Steamboat Willie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NQyzcDnMdE
In 1931 Merrie Melodies was created making the characters of Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Porky pig, Donald Duck, and many more nationwide favorites. The 1930’s and 40’s saw much improvement in the quality of movies. In the mid 1930’s color was added, and over the next couple of decades, television would become the most popular form of entertainment out there. In the 1960’s, people had figured out how to do computer animation in movies. For a long time, it was only used for short periods in movies (such as a car flying down a hill at break-neck speed), but by the 1970-80’s when the animation was becoming better, filmmakers were using it more and more in movies such as Star Wars and Star Trek. In 1997, the first computer generated 3D movie (to be seen with 3D glasses) was debuted.
Today, we can watch people live on our TVs from across the globe, see videos from outer space, and watch how to do practically anything on YouTube. While I enjoy watching a good movie, I also know that people waste a whole lot of time watching things instead of doing things. Kids nowadays go watch their favorite show instead of going outside and playing a game with the neighbor kids a lot of the times. Another bad thing about movies is all the crap that they have in them now. It’s hard to find a wholesome family movie that upholds good morals and ideals instead of making heroes out of the bad guys, promoting rebellion, and making immorality look good and “cool”. I don’t want to make it sound like I’m all against movies and TV, and don’t get me wrong; there are thousands of amazing movies out there, it’s just that you have to use a lot of discernment and wisdom sifting through all the trash to find a movie that you would actually want yourself or your kids to watch.
Anyways, in conclusion to today’s essay, movies and TV are truly a great invention, and can be used to bring a good message to the world. Here is a great movie if y’all need one to watch: Fireproof