Posted on 6/16/10 05:55 PM
I started FIS 100 today...and it looks like a great class to say the least! 5 weeks of films, most of which I have heard about; yet, have not seen.
Today we saw The Great Train Robbery. This tells the tale of a train robbery (duh). Here are my bullet points:
[list][*]Edwin S. Porter, the director had already figured out framing the screen and creating the illusion of 3D. [*]The production included the first use of background projection.[*]Furthermore, it focused on using forced perspective. Basicly, that means the director wanted you to focus on something and manipulated the frame accordingly.[*]Finally, there were moments of color. This was accomplished by hand painting each frame...the sequence takes about a minute. So, there are twenty four frames per second and multiply that by 60 to get how many frames had to be hand painted. [/list]We also saw Trip to the Moon, which was cinema's first science fiction film. I really dug the story and there was even a bit of special effects accomplished by some sly editing. This was a rare treat to see these lassic films. Brilliant direction by Georges Melies