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A Personal History of Film


From a time well before I can distinctly remember, I have always been fascinated by film. Movies had a peculiar way of branding certain images into my memory, whether good or bad. As a young, impressionable kid with a vivid imagination, movies became an integral part of my development.


The term "film" refers to numerous things, but in my case the term concerns "a strip of transparent material, usually cellulose triacetate, intended for the recording and reproduction of images (dictionary.com)." At the base of the motion picture lies a series of images that when juxtaposed in a certain order and projected at the necessary speed, these once-independent images create the illusion of motion. One does not see the flickering between images, or "frames", due to our eyes retaining the image for a brief second, an effect called the persistance of vision. Just like cultivating crops in a field, images must be "cultivated" in such a way to produce the desired motion.


Another interesting definition for "film" that I found was "a delicate web of filaments or fine threads (dictionary.com)." In my own experiences dating back to my childhood, a "delicate web of filaments" is a very accurate accessment of what film was and still is to me. As I pursue a career in Radio-Television-Film, I am still learning the capabilities of a medium where possibilities are endless.


Just like making felt, film requires thousands of individual images to be woven together in a delicate web to create something new and magnificent.


This is a zoetrope, one of the first machines used to create the illusion of motion:

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