CLARK GABLE AND VIVIEN LEIGH IN GONE WITH THE WIND (1939, USA, DIR. VICTOR FLEMING) In Colour Consciousness, Natalie Kalmus wrote that the ‘inherent desire for artists to show motion in colour’ has always existed 1. From the first cave paintings, man has tried to illustrate his perception of the world and replicate his field… Continue reading The fascinating history of the transition from black and white to color movies.
3D films like Avatar trick your brain, bringing images projected onto a flat cinema screen to life in full three dimensional glory. If you look at an object near you and close your left and right eyes in turn, you’ll see that each has a slightly different view of the world. Your left eye sees… Continue reading The technology behind 3D movies.
That’s the year man first set foot on the moon. It’s really difficult to imagine the technical challenges of landing on the moon more than five decades ago if you’re not a rocket scientist, but what’s certain is that computers played a fundamental role – even back then. Despite the NASA computers were pitiful by… Continue reading Your smartphone is more powerful than the combined computers that helped send men to the moon in 1969.
The way in which every single cancer cell spreads around the body has been captured in videos by a team in Japan. The normal body tissues show up as green, while the cancer comes out as intense red spots. The team, at the University of Tokyo and the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center, says the technology… Continue reading An amazing use of film: To track the spread of cancer around the body.
Why are movies so compelling? Why did I spend the weekend binge watching an entire season of a TV drama? Fortunately for me, I can prevent myself from getting hooked on many such programs. Yet our addiction to the screen can be so seductive that it requires daily fixes. Over the past 100 years, filmmakers have discovered… Continue reading A fascinating article about why we find movies so engrossing.
Film noir is a peculiar genre. A Western is identifiable by people on horseback in the West; a musical involves singing and dancing; a war movie shows war. Even the so-called women’s picture was a movie that featured women prominently. But the directors who worked in film noir didn’t use that term to describe their… Continue reading A fascinating overview of film noir.
Today, we’re rewinding the videotape to the early days of cinema. We’re starting in 1878 and then moving forward, watching eleven cinematic firsts, the moments when entire traditions in film were born. The first horror film. The first western. The first sci-fi film. And all of the rest. Some films we have featured here before,… Continue reading The first film ever made and 10 other firsts in filmmaking.