Photography & Special Effects in Early Film

Early photography differs greatly from early film in that photography was not able to record movement due to the necessary exposure time needed to capture an image. Early film however, evident in Georges Méliès A Trip to the Moon, was not only able to capture movement, but allowed the incorporation of an extensive amount of special effects. In watching Méliès’ film, I recognized the fact the film camera, like the camera used for photography, remained stationary and focused, forcing the actors to move in and out of the frame while remaining in focus. I must admit that I was surprised at the both the quality and creativity of this film.

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