Movies have always captivated our interests. It is the projection of man’s creativity and imagination. From epic war battles to unbelievable adventures, movies have always had their way of telling stories. But as soon as the credit starts to roll, the audience snaps back to reality, realizing that it was a grand production put together by a long list of actors, artists, musicians, writers, cinematographers and producers under the orchestration of one director. Billions of dollars are spent for every blockbuster Hollywood release. Average box offices sales for the whole of Hollywood alone falls to an average of US$11 billion with ticket sales reaching to more than US$1 billion in the US alone.
But the magic of Hollywood is not just in the money spent but also in the technology invested and used for film. Some of the most memorable movies from ET to The Titanic and beyond have employed groundbreaking technology to bring to life scenes that seem impossible to recreate. In a way, technology and filmmaking are closely knit together. Film and video cameras for example, have changed drastically over the years. From grainy film shots of the 1920s, movies are now being shot in UltraHigh Definition and even in 3D. So each time technology introduces something new, the movie industry upgrades as well. Here are some of the latest ones used in recent movie history.
1. Use of Depth Sensors.
With the integration of computergenerated imagery (CGI) and 3D motion capture, movies could be created in formats where a sense of realism is depicted in a 3 dimensional space. Typically, movies are viewed in a 2 dimensional format with no sense of depth. But with the introduction of 3D technology, movies have embraced the idea and have bravely included 3D formats alongside 2D releases. Depth sensors enhance the creation of 3D with the help of Microsoft Kinect. These sensors help create “wire frames” that include the depth of a character or object in order to generate CGI that blends more realistically with the background.
2. 3D Printing.
In the props department, use of technology can be found in 3D printing. Traditionally, movie props are handmade by expert craftsmen in a period of weeks or even months. But with 3D Printing, AutoCAD (or computeraided design) along with CGI can be used \to design and print the props straight from the computer. Movies like Zero Dark Thirty, Guardians of the Galax y and Fast and the Furious 6 have employed 3D printing in their props.
Another recent tech addition to the movie world are drones. These devices used to be a part of military technology, which aided the US Forces during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. But after entering the consumer market by 2010, Hollywood picked up the potential of this technology and applied it to aerial shots and shooting action scenes. Movies like Skyfall, Spectre, Jurassic World, and Captain America: Civil War used drone shots to aid in the cinematographer in getting the proper shots for the scenes. If you read drone reviews, you’ll know that the DJ Phantom line is a cult favorite among videographers and photographers. However,these types of drones can only shoot particular types of scenes as they can only carry small cameras.
These are just some examples of how technology has aided the advancement of filmmaking. A lot of other movies have employed unique and groundbreaking tech like The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, and Edge of Tomorrow. But overall, there is no doubt that the partnership between Hollywood and Silicon Valley is built to last.