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Technological and Social Change in Hollywood A Brief History of Film Film as an industry came to be in 1893 with the creation of the worlds first film production studio the Black Maria in West Orange New Jersey Thomas Edison built the studio on the grounds of his laboratories for he was the inventor of the first camera and projection equipment the kinetograph and kinetescope respectively A French magician named Georges Melies was the first person to use artificially arranged scenes to tell a narrative story in his film Cendrillon 1899 The 1930s gave way to the introduction of sound in film Consequently movies took on a role as a form of entertainment Technological Advances DreamWorks SKG the entertainment company formed in 1994 by Steven Spielberg Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen is the industry leader in digital animation In February 1995 the New York Times reported that Silicon Graphics Inc was likely to invest in a computerized digital studio with DreamWorks That was a wise choice for Silicon DreamWorks proceeded to produce colossal hits in the animation genre such as Ants 1998 and Shrek 2001 DreamWorks proved that digital animation evolved from drawn characters to having characters completely computer-generated The difference is apparent with the success of movies such as Shrek the first ever winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated feature film in 2002 Ten years ago the film industrys biggest problem was trying to introduce digital options to its filmmakers Now the industry faces a bigger problem the stealing of its work by Internet piracy But not everyone in the industry agrees that the Internet can be viewed as an enemy Film producer Peter Guber predicted an enormous future for the business-to-business applications of moving-image media over the Internet as an adjunct to existing communications Guber also noted It is imperative that filmmakers have an international perspective when producing for global markets a feat easily accomplished by utilizing
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