See The Evolution of Film from 1878 to 2014 in Just Three Minutes
by Ethan Anderton
April 10, 2014
In the short history of filmmaking, the advancement of technology has allowed the face of cinema to change quickly, sometimes with audiences not always prepared to keep up. Whether it's the jump from silent films to talkies, hand drawn animation to computer animation, or 2D to 3D, there's always something new being added to how we experience motion pictures. Now an impressive three-minute montage called The Evolution of Film from Humber College graduate Scott Ewing (via SlashFilm) takes a brief look at the history of cinema from the dawn of the moving picture all the way back in 1878 to the films of today. Watch!
The first three milestones have a lot of years between them, and then a single film represents each year from 1920 through 2013 with an eye towards some big films in 2014. As Ewing explains, "The following montage chronicles the evolution of film from its conception in 1878 by Edward J. Muybridge to the Lumiere brothers in 1895. Georges Melies a trip to the moon in 1902 was a total game changer and from there we go to the first theatrical releases starting in 1920-2014. See a full list of the films used on Vimeo right here.
In addition, before anyone gripes about some milestone films from way back int he past being excluded, Ewing adds, "There are some notable films which are absent from the montage such as the Great Train Robbery (1903), The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) and Birth of a Nation (1915). These and many others were either impossible to find or did not fit in with the creative direction of the montage." And for those who might notice, "There is also a Dumb and Dumber (1994) dancing clip between Tropic Thunder and 500 Days of Summer...this was intentional I assure you." This isn't all-encompassing, but it's still great. Cool?