Photography and Special Effects in Early Film

The Moving Picture. That is the first thing that came to my mind when I began thinking about a response to this thread. One can say that film making is an offshoot of photography, as its tools (a ‘documenting apparatus’) are pretty much similar to photography; its just the products that differed–the former a moving art form, while the latter, a still one. I find that early film making exude that same stiffness and/or clumsiness that subjects of early photography did, which is pretty understandable, as the art form is still in its nascent stage. Another similarity of the two is the limited perspective captured by the camera, (‘limited’, meaning that it may only show one perspective or, as in Le Voyage dans La Lune, some scenes show most of the characters in the periphery because of the limited scope of the camera lens) which, now in contemporary times, is resolved by using several, each one pointed to shoot a different angle.

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