Chapter 1.1Retrospective on Traditional Filmmaking

Filmmaking as a tradition spans over 100 years and has a language and a discipline that is specific to its craft. Students of film should be encouraged to study and learn the origins of this medium much in the same way that religious scholars will read the ancient manuscripts and pore over the writings of their predecessors. We must acknowledge the past in order to gain a greater understanding of where we are headed in the future. By examining the methodologies of traditional filmmaking, we gain a greater appreciation for the reasons why we do things today.

Even as we cross the threshold into an all-digital landscape, young filmmakers will some day marvel at the concept known as “celluloid,” ...

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