Endless Possibilities

         Cinema has transformed, transcended, and metamorphosed throughout history. From the embryonic stages of D.W. Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation to masterpieces like Martin Scorsese’s 2006 The Departed, film has undergone dramatic changes. Whether the changes are made in acting (“Stella!”), or cinematography (better cameras), or storage (VHS to DVD) that of which is most important would have to be the film editing process. Its effects have affected more people then any other technical advance.

         Early on there was the silent film. Then there came along a movie entitled The Jazz Singer, directed by Alan Crosland in 1927, which changed all that with a few simple words: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” From the advent of color to George Lucas’s special effects the cinema has blossomed into a multi-layered art. But, with editing coming to computers it makes it more easy and accessible to more people. Independent film makers were a joke for the longest time. Now, they are everywhere. Sites like Youtube, and HBO’s The Lot are giving independent film makers even more of a chance to get hear by making their movies even more widely accessible.

         Opening up the eligibility of film makers has made more people appreciate film. It is one thing to see a giant production company like Paramount produce something, and then the more artsy films and independent venues like Sundance. This diversity as the spice of life to film that makes film accessible to so many people, forever cementing its importance to everyone’s lives.

         On top of that, the ease of editing with the advent of the computer has opened up an infinite amount of doors. In some movies one cannot distinguish what is real and what is animated. This is not to mention the time in editing is cut. The possibility of special effects has expended wildly. Let us face it: we have come a long way since the first King Kong, directed in 1933 by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.

A. J. Casey

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