Graphic Film Analysis

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For my graphic novel, I choose to do a non-fiction piece on a brief history of film. Choosing this allowed me to get outside of my comfort zone, as well as possibly learn something new in the process. In the graphic novel, I first talk about the very origins of film: what the first motion picture machine was and what the very first “film” looked like and why it was made. Next I look at the films of the early 20th century. They started off very short, as before 1912, it was not common to use multiple reels of film to make a motion picture. However, as time went on and technology advanced, so did the way films were made. By the time the era of silent films came about, “Hollywood,” as it was now called, was becoming a major American industry.…show more content…
But, as film advance, so did the audience that filmmakers were trying to reach. By the time the 70s and 80s came around, blockbusters like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark changed the way we view films with their special effects. Other films like The Godfather and Jaws, altered how violence was used in film. In my graphic novel, I used color and images to interweave the history of theme together with what film has become today. I choose to make the graphic novel black and white because that is how film started. It is extremely indicative of how the history of film has driven the level of movies we are able to see today. Also though, I choose to print and paste photos from different films, as that represents where technology for films is today. We have so much amazing technology that pretty much anyone who wants to can make their own movie. Both of these elements show how film has been affected by its…show more content…
The transitions toward the bottom are scene-to-scene, which provides a good starting point for when I jump back into the history of film, as it emphasizes the past and the present as I am showing both in the graphic novel. Second, the use of color shows that, while films today are of course full of nearly every color imaginable, the first films did not need them for people to think they were extraordinary. In fact, when film was first beginning, people were more fascinated by the technology then by what was actually being played on the screen. Also, the transition at the top is moment-to-moment. This is to emphasize the quickness and continuity of films that we have now-a-days, even though this was not always the case with the earliest films. They were choppy and rough and hard to follow, but people loved them anyways. This is what makes film so spectacular. Finally, the point of view of this page shows an outside perspective, as is true of anyone who might be watching a movie. You are on the outside of the story, but you are still watching it unfold, therefore it allows for similar connected themes between this graphic novel on film and films in

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