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Im a Reel Boy Through the magic of motion pictures someone whos never left Peoria knows the softness of a Paris spring the color of a Nile sunset the sorts of vegetation one will find along the upper Amazon and that Big Ben has not yet gone digital Vincent Canby once stated Brainy His statement teases about the rapidly changing industry of special effects and how it is revolutionizing the way we perceive things The sight of a train passing by the camera flabbergasted and frightened early audiences when motion pictures were jittery and lacked sound Now it has become increasingly difficult to decipher between what is reality and what a men tediously manipulated The goal of visual effects artists as magicians of the silver screen is now to push our senses to their limits and create an illusion of reality without our knowing George Lucas one of the greats in film and special effects and famed creator of Star Wars said the secret to film is that its an illusion Brainy Assessing the milestone events through out the history of film reveals how far we have come A number of technologies and inventions related to motion and vision developed in the early to late 19th century foreran the birth of the motion picture industry Early in 1893 Thomas Alva Edison built the worlds first film production studio the Black Maria or the Kinetographic Theater on the grounds of his laboratories in West Orange New Jersey for making filmstrips A Frenchman Georges Melies developed his own camera and then set up Europes first film studio in 1897 An illusionist and stage magician Melies exploited the new medium with a pioneering 14-minute science fiction work Le Voyage Dans la Lune - A Trip to the Moon Melies introduced the elemental ideas of narrative storylines plots character development illusion and fantasy into film including trick photography or early special effects He utilized hand-tinting dissolves wipes
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