Film FAQs:


Q: Is a film created by photographing actual scenes with a motion picture camera?

A: Yes, by photographing drawings or miniature models using traditional animation techniques; by means of CGI and computer animation; or by a combination of some or all of these techniques and other visual effects.

Q: Was a film practically extinct in the US and already being referred to as "the old medium"?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a film viewed at a speed of 16 or more frames per second, there is an illusion of continuous movement?

A: Yes, Generating such a film is very labor-intensive and tedious, though the development of computer animation has greatly sped up the process.

Q: Is a film a film or video inspired by a film?

A: Yes, and television program, comic book or a similar source, created by fans rather than by the source's copyright holders or creators.

Q: Is a film called frames?

A: Yes.

Q: Were films simply one static shot that showed an event or action with no editing or other cinematic techniques?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a film considered to be an important art form?

A: Yes, and a source of popular entertainment, and a powerful medium for educating—or indoctrinating—citizens.

Q: Is a film to be exhibited or made available for viewing?

A: Yes, and may set the release date and other matters.

Q: Is a film not limited to motion pictures?

A: Yes, since the technology developed as the basis for photography.

Q: Is a film made available for viewing by an audience?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a film much like an independent film, but it is produced through open collaborations?

A: Yes, its source material is available under a license which is permissive enough to allow other parties to create fan fiction or derivative works, than a traditional copyright.

Q: Is a film produced individually?

A: Yes, and whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model unit , and then photographing the result with a special animation camera.

Q: Was a film shot and projected at various speeds using hand-cranked cameras and projectors?

A: Yes, though 1000 frames per minute is generally cited as a standard silent speed, research indicates most films were shot between 16 frame/s and 23 frame/s and projected from 18 frame/s on up. When sound film was introduced in the late 1920s, a constant speed was required for the sound head.

Q: Is a film usually called "titles" or "beginning titles"?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a film used for a range of goals?

A: Yes, and including education and propaganda.

Q: Is a film preferred?

A: Yes.

Q: Were films made to be viewed by one person at a time through a "peep show" device such as the Kinetoscope?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a film selected?

A: Yes, and edited, and then pieced together to make a new section of film.

Q: Are films still shot on as 35 mm prints?

A: Yes.

Q: Were films still being made in black-and-white as late as the mid-1960s?

A: Yes, but they marked the end of an era.

Q: Were films initially distinguished from the usual silent "moving pictures" or "movies" by calling them "talking pictures" or "talkies"?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a film called an "educational film"?

A: Yes, Examples are recordings of academic lectures and experiments, or a film based on a classic novel.

Q: Were films originally recorded onto plastic film through a photochemical process?

A: Yes, and then shown through a movie projector onto a large screen.

Q: Are films cultural artifacts created by specific cultures?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a film considered to have its own language?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a film over and they should go home?

A: Yes.

Q: Were films made in color?

A: Yes, and which soon became the rule rather than the exception.

Q: Are films artistic works from the creators' perspective and for-profit business entities for the production companies?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a film also the only image storage and playback system for television programming until the introduction of videotape recorders?

A: Yes.

Q: Are films now fully digital through the entire process of production?

A: Yes, and distribution, and exhibition from start to finish.