See The Evolution of Film from 1878 to 2014 in Just Three Minutes

April 10, 2014

The Evolution of Film

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!

Here's The Evolution of Film from Scott Ewing, called to our attention by SlashFilm:

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?

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Clever Hobbits to climb so high!

Xerxexx on Apr 10, 2014


What no shot of Trinity doing her famous kick? What is the evolution of film without bullettime?

zibby on Apr 10, 2014


Yes cool...but he missed so so much....

TheOct8pus on Apr 11, 2014


bo bo boooring, bad edits, weak movie selection, some chick flicks with efron? wow, just wow... where is avatar, terminator, matrix, lord of the rings etc? those are some good markers of movie evolution not some garbage

Kamil on Apr 12, 2014


I was only able to include ONE clip from every year so unfortunately a lot of tough choices had to be made. If the clips didn't move the story forward then I didn't use them. The scenes from The Iron Giant, 500 Days of Summer, The Karate Kid and Ameile worked in the creative direction of the montage so that meant the Matrix, Terminator, Avatar and Lord of the Rings were left out. This was a montage to celebrate the evolution of film techniques and just how far the art form has come. I purposefully left out a lot of FX's films because I didn't want it to be FX driven. The Efron clip is from Neighbours, HARDLY a chick flick but worked because it was followed with a series of explosions. The movie selections are far from weak and bad edits? Okay?

Scott Ewing on Apr 18, 2014

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