Speech Week 4 - o Families have less money o Few movie...

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Week 4 Motion Pictures The History of Motion Pictures The basic principle of silver nitrate photography (still photographs) was discovered in 1727. Actual motion was not captured on film until 1877. o Practical film technology wasn’t developed until 1888. Movies are made possible by human “persistence of vision”—our eyes retain images for a fraction of a second. The French were the first to show a film for entertainment (and monetary) value in 1895) In America movies were considered curiosities until 1912. The first narrative films were produced in the early 1900s in the US. Narrative filmmaking rapidly popularized movies. The “Studio System”: studios would sign the most popular stars to exclusive contracts. o The point was to corner the movie market. Sound came to movies in 1927. Some Important Historical Moments in Modern Film Post-WWII “Baby Boom” means families move to the suburbs.
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Unformatted text preview: o Families have less money o Few movie theatres in the suburbs • The anti-communist “witch hunts” of the 1940s and 1950s give Hollywood a bad name. • The arrival of popular TV in the 1950s gives movies a serious competitor. • The invention of VCRs in the 1970s means you don’t have to go the theatre anymore. • And yet movies survived o Movies are a bigger business than they were before all these things The Business of Movies • The average major studio movie costs about $70 million to make, including marketing. • 80%-90% of new movies do NOT make a profit at the box office. • Studios use several other sources of revenue to make up this shortfall. o Video and DVD sales and rentals (50% of all domestic film income) o Distributing films in foreign markets...
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2011 for the course SPEECH 2050 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Georgia State.

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