Monthly Archives: April 2012

My trip to the Museum of Moving Image

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On a trip to the Museum of Moving Image I learned that there are three things needed in order to make a motion picture which are speed, visual break (which can come from a strobe light), and the same subject. This was demonstrated through the zoetrope, which had a man running once you spin it fast enough. They also had mutoscope’s that were very interesting to watch because it was one of the earliest forms of motion picture.

The way it worked was that a certain amount of pictures were placed on a rolodex type of cylinder and the viewer had to rotate the handle to add speed and make it an animation. It was very much similar to the flipbook which one could become involved into making in the museum. A subject stands on the screen and does any motion. The camera then gives you a countdown so you could get ready. It then captures these motions, which become a series of pictures. These pictures show a little animation of what you did, which it then makes a flipbook out of. The purpose of the flipbook is to show a continuous motion rather than many different pictures. A flipbook uses the techniques used to make a motion picture so I learned a lot along the process of making it.

Another demonstration that was a cool experience to be a part of was the ADR interactive room. They had this room in which you could record voices over dialogue from a movie. The ADR room is sound proof so actors could say their lines so the microphone could pick up the sound clearly. This is beneficial because when sound isn’t recorded clearly, which actually happens quite a lot (this happens from many factors such as ambient noise or maybe the actor didn’t talk loud enough during the film making process), actors could dub their lines in post-production.

Sound is very important to the viewer, if something can’t be understood the audience isn’t going to want to see the film. This is also done for voice over work when a film is translated into a foreign language. By having a film translated into other languages you have a wider range of audiences that could watch the film. With animations sounds are recorded first and then the animation is done after.

I ended up learning a great deal of media history from the exhibition Behind the Scene. The first television sets that came out during the 1950’s had a striking resemblance to home appliances and furniture that we have nowadays. This was initially done on purpose to appeal to the average stay at home wife. By having the television look like an appliance or furniture (radios, microwaves, washing machines, a vanity mirror etc.), women would not be intimidated by it and realize that it looked pretty as furniture. It was astonishing to realize that the marketing for television was sexist.