Film History

Timeline created by BraedenM
In Film
  • 1900

    The Eastman Kodak company first introduced very simple cardboard box camera that used roll film dubbed as the Brownie camera. This was a huge development for film. People could now use a cheap, portable camera to take pictures, and this would lead to many advancements in camera technology.
  • 1910

    Carl Laemmle set up his own Independent Motion Picture Company (IMP) to combat Thomas Edison's Trust MPPC. This greatly challenged Edison, and he quite literally went to far with Carl (some cases were violent). This also shattered Edison's control over film.
  • 1920

    The first color (2-color process) cartoon ("The Debut of Thomas Cat") was made by producer John Randolph Bray/Bray Picture Corporation. This was a huge leap in film production and quality. This paved the way for colored film.
  • 1930

    Raoul Walsh's "The Big Trail" film was shot with a game-changing new film format dubbed "Fox Grandeur", which was a 70mm wide screen film process developed by the Fox Film Corporation. This vastly changed the viewing experience of film. This paved the way for widescreen film.
  • 1940

    Disney's "Fantasia" film introduced "Fantasound": a stereo-like multi-channel soundtrack. (It was basically an optical 'surround-sound' soundtrack printed on a separate 35mm reel from the actual video portion of the film.) This changed the viewing experience for viewers, and other companies took note of this and would soon integrate better sound and sound systems into their films.
  • 1950

    Animator Jay Ward, and Alexander Anderson Jr. created the first American animated series ever made (Crusader Rabbit).The show aired from 1950-1952. It even had a colored version made later on.
  • 1960

    Director K. Asif's "Mughal-E-Azam" (also referred to as the Great Mughal) was the first vintage film digitally colorized for theatrical release. For the first time, people saw color in film in a theater. Filmmakers would soon attempt to make such a colored film in the following years.
  • 1970

    The IMAX wide-screen format was showcased for the first time in the Fuji Pavilion at the EXPO '70 in Osaka, Japan, with the film "Tiger Child". This format greatly enhanced the movie-going experience and made film-watching much more enjoyable. This allowed people to use wide-screen formats instead of narrower formats, enabling the picture to be seen with much more visual clarity.
  • 1980

    Sherry Lansing was obtained the position of president of production at 20th Century Fox in 1980, and was the first female to hold this position and head a major studio. This was a huge change for women in the film industry. She later retired to become an independent producer.
  • 1990

    Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" film was noted as being the first 35 mm feature film made with a digital soundtrack. Although this doesn't necessarily compare to the 70 mm format, this was the first to implement a digital soundtrack. This would pave the way for the introduction of digital soundtracks in film.
  • 2000

    The Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" was the first film to be entirely graded digitally on computer, by scanning in the whole film and then digitally coloring it. This allowed film to be colored in a more efficient manner. It also allowed development of future films to have digital computerized coloring.
  • 2010

    Services would be available to copy/convert one's movies from DVD to a 'digital locker' in the cloud. This allowed people to watch their films anytime, anywhere. People could now watch movies with just a few clicks.