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The Impact of Technology in the Film Industry

October 19, 2018

Like in other industries, technology has completely changed the film industry – from the ways movies get made, to how they are edited, to the ways audiences watch them.


Just like it has for a lot of other industries, technology has completely changed the film industry – from the ways movies get made, to how they are edited, to the ways audiences watch them.

Technology has simplified life for everyone involved in making a movie. Just 50 years ago, cameras had to have a full crew to operate, and if they wanted to get an aerial shot, they needed an aircraft-mounted camera that was so heavy it weighed more than the plane! And once the film was captured, the editing was done by physically cutting and pasting the film together...not exactly an efficient process.

It was long, hard work that still only resulted in low-quality images.

But today, new, lighter cameras have allowed for clearer images, and shots never thought possible. Plus, with the incorporation of the cloud, editing films has never been easier. Teams from across the globe can work on a film together from anywhere, even the comfort of their homes. This opens up a whole new world for filmmakers that never could have participated before.

And for audiences, it’s no longer necessary to go to your local theatre to see the one nightly showing of a movie. On-demand, streaming services, and TV have allowed viewers to watch their favorite movies whenever, and wherever, they want.

Technology has taken the film industry from silent, black-and-white films to high-definition movies that are capable of making the audience feel as if they are there, in only a short period of time.

For a more in-depth look into the advancements of technology in the film industry over time, take a look at our Then & Now Infographic.

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