Japanese animation, AKA anime, might be filled with large-eyed maidens, way cool robots, and large-eyed, way cool maiden/robot hybrids, but it often shows a level of daring, complexity and creativity not typically found in American mainstream animation. And the form has spawned some clear masterpieces from Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira to […]

A fascinating article about the early history of anime.

Emil Jannings, a German actor who would go on to make propaganda films for the Nazis in the 1930s, was the first recipient of the legendary Oscar. Had there been a mistake? Well, yes. Reputedly, the real winner that year – 1929 – was Rin Tin Tin, the 11-year-old German […]

An interesting article detailing the history of the Academy Awards ...

In the beginning, there were the Lumière brothers, who made short moving pictures of normal occurrences: crowds, trains, people in lines. The camera they developed in 1895 captured the first moving pictures ever. How exciting must that have been? How, then, did we get from their completely silent, grainy images […]

An interesting article about the history of music in movies.

In a little over a century, film has evolved from a technological novelty into one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment. Here are some of film history’s most important milestones (with a focus on the history of Hollywood), from the first sound film to the first flushing toilet […]

36 fascinating movie firsts:

Technical innovations change the way we make films — usually, but not always, for the better. The search is always on to make films faster and cheaper with higher picture quality and more spectacular effects, but technology also has an influence on the kind of films we find ourselves making. […]

How advances in technology has changed the way movies are ...

A movie producer is the person responsible for making sure an appealing, high-quality movie is produced on time and within budget. That means supervising and packaging the project from conception to distribution to theaters, while interfacing with the studio and managing the work of hundreds of individuals [source: Full Sail]. […]

How Movie Producers Work

Symbolism is an underlying and often distinct theme that pervades a work of writing. It is usually buried very subtly under the main narrative of a story or conversation in order to reinforce the main themes and add a certain layer of depth that would be missing otherwise. It is […]

Symbolism you may have missed in some very well-known classic ...

It wasn’t that long ago that Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube by Usher. Katy Perry, Macklemore, Psy and Lana Del Rey are others who used this online video platform to get noticed when music industry executives wouldn’t pay attention to them. Thanks to this social media platform and mobile […]

How Technology Is Shortening the Road to Fame

History of the motion picture, history of cinema from the 19th century to the present. Early Years, 1830–1910 Origins: The illusion of motion pictures is based on the optical phenomena known as persistence of vision and the phi phenomenon. The first of these causes the brain to retain images cast […]

History of the Motion Picture: