A Brief History of The Advances Of Cinema In The Early Years

For the first time in history it was possible to reach a global audience in ways political leaders and advertisers had only dreamed. Of course there were newspapers and radio was in its infancy too but cinema would offer visual aids and the ability to relay images from around the world, to the world. However, as with any new offering and especially the invention of the projection box, a whole industry needed to be working side by side to get it off the ground. Even if parts of the industry didn't realise they needed to be invented yet.

So much was being advanced even from the early stages. Theatres and formal place of current entertainment were enabled to allow projection boxes to display correctly. Then there was the huge rush to get the technology which was only initially allowed on lease from the outset before purchasing was possible. While theatres were keen and the population was too, there would be a void in the actual film making and the quality was never really ascertained before going live. Some films would last thirty seconds, others would last seven minutes, for at least the first few decades.

A person could liken a cinematic experience of yesteryear to that of a whole street going round the one family's house that has a telly,just to watch the moon landing. films were so short they had to be shown one after the other in thirty minute slots to make a visit worthwhile. While entertainment had been focused on silent films and several cartoons, in 1906 an Australian production went ahead with The Story of the Kelly Gang. When released this was over an hour long, finally the feature film had been born.

Projection speeds, film quality, colour, speech, acting abilities all increased over the next few decades which lead to a huge upsurge in the amount of independent film makers on a global scale. Yet it was other events which would be the decided on the film industry over the next one hundred years. The outbreaks of both World War one and two disrupted the European film market. Italy was an exceptional film producing country before World War One and the UK and France also. However when war broke out this gave more emphasis to American productions, which by 1920 had an 85% market share worldwide.