Auguste and Louis Lumiere are credited with the world’s first public film screening on December 28, 1895. The showing of approximately ten short films lasting only twenty minutes in total was held in the basement lounge of the Grand Cafe on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris and would be the very first public demonstration of their device they called the Cinematograph which effectively functioned as camera, projector and printer all in one.
Filmmaking in the greater Los Angeles area preceded the establishment of filmmaking in Hollywood. The Biograph Company filmed the short film A Daring Hold-Up in Southern California in Los Angeles in 1906. The first studio in the Los Angeles area was established by the Selig Polyscope Company in Edendale, with construction beginning in August 1909. In 1911, the Nestor Company opened Hollywood’s first film studio in an old tavern on the corner of Sunset and Gower. Not long thereafter Cecil B. DeMille and D. W. Griffith began making movies in the areadrawn to the community for its open space and moderate climate.
The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical film, and the first talking movie in the world.
The first colour movies appeared in 1930s. In 1932, Technicolor introduced a color process – “Process 4”. This became the standard for the major Hollywood studios.
- First cartoon (or film of any kind) in the new process: Flowers and Trees (Walt Disney/United Artists, July 1932)
- First live-action monochrome features with one Technicolor sequence: The Cat and the Fiddle (MGM, February 1934), The House of Rothschild (20th Century Pictures/United Artists, April 1934), Kid Millions (Samuel Goldwyn/United Artists, December 1934)
- First live-action short films in the new process: Service With a Smile (Warners, 28 July 1934), Good Morning, Eve! (Warners, 5 August 1934), La Cucaracha (RKO, 31 August 1934)
- First live-action feature film in the new process: Becky Sharp (Pioneer Pictures/RKO, 1935)
The first computer generated movie was made in 1995 and it is called Toy Story.
3-D films have existed since the 1950s. 3-D films were featured in the 1950s in American cinema, and later experienced a worldwide renewal in the 1980s and ’90s. 3-D films became more and more successful throughout the 2000s, culminating with the unremembered success of Avatar in December 2009 and January 2010.
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