Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hollywoodland: Before Motion Pictures

Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls. - Frank Darabont

Visual perception differs from the other senses in some key ways. First of all, it is the most highly developed with 25% of the brain fully devoted to it and up to 65% playing some role in it. The vast majority prefer visual over written material and, since visual are easier for people to place visual contextually, they retain these images longer. Visuals also are more quickly processed than text and produce stronger emotions in people.

Source: Shift - Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning

Moving pictures are one of the most powerful mediums ever developed. Due to the technological complexity of recording and displaying them, the means to produce them have only been around for a little over a hundred years. Moving pictures were built on the back of earlier developments. Film Site Org offers a great timeline of some of them:

filmsite.org - Early Cinematic Origins and the Infancy of Film

1650 Magic Lantern




1824 Thaumatrope 

In 1824, British Physician, Peter Mark Roget first described the optical phenomena of persistence of vision. It is an optical illusion where things do not instantly dissappear from human sight due to a 1/10 of a second vision to brain processing delay. It is this optical illusion that allows for motion pictures.



1826 First Photograph



1831 Electomagnetic Induction





1832 Fantascope




1834 Daedelum




1839 Daguerreotype




1841 Calotype




1861 Kinematoscope





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