It is fascinating to see how much technology is affecting the film industry in general. To be clear – every single detail about the latest film releases, from the moment the light enters the lens on set to the moment it is projected onto the big screen, is influenced by the usage and advancement of technology. It is wonderful to see the progress of film as a form of art that people are enjoying, now more than ever. From the independent film shot on an iPhone, to the biggest studio blockbusters of all time, every aspect of these productions is touched by technology, and all in the name of making the best film possible. This can be seen as a success when you consider more and more people are appreciating the art of film making.

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Rob Savage’s Host uses Zoom to create an immersion perfect for the lockdown era.

New films from every possible genre are taking on this approach of using advanced  technology in the process of production. You only need to consider the wild success of Rob Savage’s horror film Host, and the rise of ‘screen-capture’ movies such as Searching, are using this new tech as a key part in their films. In addition to this, TV series both on television and on internet streaming platforms are taking on this approach which makes them even more attractive to audiences.

Take a look at how Disney+’s The Mandalorian to see how Lucasfilm’s new LED wall technology has shaped film making choices on the small screen. This advancement may well lead to a new way of filming TV shows, just as the proliferation of green screen and CG enhancement was so prevalent in the previous two decades.

Here’s how technology has grown in the history of film making.

Great Attention to Detail

Attention to detail was not always given the appreciation it deserved back in the early years of film production. This is the case just because people are more invested in the simplicity and the storyline of the movie rather than on all of the additional things that were going around. Often times these things we require so much extra work that took days to finish up a scene.

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Silent cinema daredevils such as Harold Lloyd (seen here in Safety First), Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin used technology to create breathetaking sequences.

In today’s modern world of developed technology, this step can be finished in a matter of hours. The attention to detail is one of the top priority tasks when it comes to film production nowadays. This can also be seen in a variety of entertainment activities like playing online casino games, which incorporate a whole story that corresponds with a particular theme of the game.

This is incorporated because it creates a whole new experience for the viewer where he or she gets to enjoy the time spent watching the latest films.

The Editing Process

Another big feature when it comes to film making is the editing process, which now, with the use of technology can be easily done. Though we are a long way from the physical cutting and splicing together of the film stock, it is still a complicated task to achieve. But the use of technology, such as AVID, Premiere and so on, functions as a helpful tool that film editors rely on. The art of film making can be done seamlessly where effects can be added in the most natural way possible making the whole film look like a reality that the viewer is experiencing.

The whole combination of audio and visual elements are easily incorporated into the final product in a clean-cut manner that has the power to shape up an interesting atmosphere.

The Bottom Line

Speaking of the theory behind technology in the film industry will not do any justice. You need to make up a watching list where you will incorporate some of the old classics with the newest releases so that you can notice that shift in technology usage. Appropriately new movie-watching technology, such as the streaming services and YouTube, allow viewers to catch up on and study films from Georges Méliès to George Miller..

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