Cinema – An Introduction

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Cinema, commonly referred to as the third art, developed as an adaptation of classical drama in days long past, it s at times the most exciting spectacle that most viewers love. If a definition can be given to cinema then cinema would certainly be described as the art which constitutes all other arts. But what exactly is it? How does it differ from the other forms of art? What are its differentiators and what are its inherent qualities? Here we look into all these questions to get a clear insight into the subject.


To begin with, we come across a close resemblance between cinema and motion pictures. Both involve filmed images in the medium of lenses in motion. And both have the ability to convey the listener’s emotion by means of powerful words and performances. It is in the performances that the two genres separate. While on one hand motion pictures (or motion pictures) can give the impression of moving pictures by virtue of the camera moving around the screen and showing a continuously moving image, cinema involves the presence of actors inside the movie, who perform the roles.

It must be kept in mind that the word ‘cinema’ refers not only to the visual images on the screen, but also to the actual buildings and spaces which are used as stages in most cinema theatres. A typical cinema hall or auditorium would have a stage which is divided by a raised daisie that forms a rim on one side. On the other sides of this are rows of seats set in the original configuration. This creates the impression of a moving picture or theatre. The designs and forms which the different forms take – the hall, the seats, the walls and the ceiling are all part of the construction of a cinema hall. These structural features are present in real cinema halls only; they are rarely found in conventional motion picture houses.

Motion picture houses, on the other hand, are usually equipped with closed circuit televisions connected to a common viewing screen by means of cables. These houses may not have projection screens. A house which has a built-in VCR is a movie theater. Houses which do not have any VCRs and are located in a neighbourhood which does have VCRs would be an independent viewing theatre. So, a normal house is a combination of a picture house and a VCR.

Modern moviemakers, particularly those who do home videos and DVDs, have increased the use of special effects such as sound and special lenses so that their films acquire a much more realistic and cinematic look. Special effects such as smoke and fire could be rendered by a computer in real time without any sort of traditional lighting. The result would be a much more real and authentic cinema feel. Modern filmmakers are always trying to make their movies as realistic as possible, and the use of CGI is only part of their arsenal. Camera and lens movement, facial movements and motion capture, and high speed video capture all form part of the sophisticated techniques used in real time video.

Moving images captured on film may be displayed on a computer monitor and may be played on a DVD player. There is even a new breed of computer generated motion picture called digital cinema. Modern moviemakers now produce very convincing and realistic motion pictures and movies and, therefore, there is now a new breed of directors and producers emerging whose main concern is creating realistic motion pictures and films. Cinema may remain a specialized field but it is bound to enter into the mainstream and will become increasingly accepted by the general public.

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