The magic lantern was an early form of slide projector that was an early step on the road to the motion picture technology of today.
The magic lantern was invented in the 1600’s, probably by Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch scientist. It was the earliest form of slide projector and has a long and fascinating history. The first magic lanterns were illuminated by candles, but as technology evolved they were lit by increasingly powerful means.
The name “magic lantern” comes from the experience of the early audiences who saw devils and angels mysteriously appear on the wall, as if by magic. Even in the earliest period, performances contained images that moved—created with moving pieces of glass.
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by Christopher McKittrick
Updated January 11, 2018
It's commonly thought that "older" movies are in black and white and "newer" movies are in color as if there is a distinct dividing line between the two. However, as with most developments in art and technology, there isn't an exact break between when the industry stopped using black and white film and when it started using color film. On top of that, film fans know that some filmmakers continue to choose to shoot their films in black and white decades after color film became the standard — including "Young Frankenstein" (1974), "Manhattan" (1979), "Raging Bull" (1980), "Schindler's List" (1993), and "The Artist" (2011).
In fact, for many years in the earliest decades of film shooting, in color was a similar artistic choice — with color movies existing for far longer than most people believe.
Read Article: https://www.thoughtco.com/how-movies-went-from-black-white-to-color-4153390
"The film festival history and its twisty-turny past are filled with notable incidents and tie in with some of the most integral political and historical events of the last century. We’ve dived into this melange, to give you a crash-course in the film festival history, the lifeblood of FilmFestivalLife. Here’s our essential six major events you should know.
The modern film festival conjures up many impressions in the popular imagination – a whirlwind of red carpets, gala premieres, yacht parties and yes – don’t forget it! – outstanding filmmaking. That’s not it though. There are more of these cinematic extravaganza’s than you’d expect (FYI: nobody’s quite sure of the real number) and they cater for all types of audiences – whether industry or public, short or feature, documentary or animation, the modern film festival is a dynamic, not-always-mega-glam beast."
Read Entire Article: http://www.blog.filmfestivallife.com/2016/09/26/film-festival-history/
Film Noir is one of Hollywood’s only organic artistic movements. Beginning in the early 1940s, numerous screenplays inspired by hardboiled American crime fiction were brought to the screen, primarily by European émigré directors who shared a certain storytelling sensibility: highly stylized, overtly theatrical, with imagery often drawn from an earlier era of German “expressionist” cinema. Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder, and Otto Preminger, among others, were among this Hollywood vanguard.
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Scion of a phenomenal family and a regular guest at Cinequest, Christopher Coppola is chairman of the film program at SF Art Institute. A pupil of George Kuchar’s, Coppola now supervises the classes that the pioneer underground filmmaker once taught at SFAI. He’s adding VR to the curriculum at the school. He’ll be presenting “Universe at Play” a fantasy short about the collision between the world of a beatnik composer and a forest troll.
Coppola’s appearance at the fest will be part of the way Cinequest is doubling down on its VR component Cinequest s. Viveport is presenting a VR Experience Lounge, and Samsung hosts a six-program selection of Virtual Reality Cinema shorts. Mar 1-4 the fest offers a series of VR Workshops, where tips on scriptwriting, post-production, and monetizing are offered up, “How to make money off of all this is important to students,” Coppola observed.
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A review of the Barbados Independent Film Festival, in which the main event was the Caribbean premiere of the new thriller TORCH by Christopher Coppola and produced by Jeffrey “Blue Shark” Gliwa.
The second edition of the Barbados Independent Film Festival continued last evening with the Opening Gala on the still relatively new grounds of the Walled Garden Theatre located at the Barbados Museum in the Garrison.
The red carpet affair was a welcome improvement over the previous night’s activity which was affected heavily by an island wide power blackout. Several members of the film fraternity on the island and international guest stars, such as Deborah Kara Unger, Vincent Spano, Lacey Dorn and Horacio Guerrero, were in attendance.
The director of the highly anticipated Green Days by the River production, Michael Moodleedhar, was also in attendance.
The Caribbean premiere of the new thriller TORCH by the international film maker, Christopher Coppola, was the main event of the night. The film follows the protagonist Clara, who grew up in the jungles of Belize but was sent to live in San Francisco after a traumatic childhood incident.
Read Entire Article: http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2018/01/11/a-celebration-of-film/
For the film and television industry in British Columbia, 2017 was a tough year to beat.
A record-breaking $2.6 billion streamed into the province last year, much of it coming from international productions.
Prem Gill, CEO of Creative B.C. who has been named one of the province’s most powerful women leaders, said there has been tremendous growth in the industry in the past few years and it won’t slow down anytime soon.
Read Article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/2018-perfect-storm-for-local-filmmakers-says-creative-bc-1.4480225
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