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Chapter One. All You Can Achieve with Di... > Experimenting with Digital Video

Experimenting with Digital Video

When directors such as Sergei Eisenstein and D. W. Griffith were making some of the first silent features at the beginning of the last century, there were few precedents for how to tell a story with moving pictures. There was no vocabulary of cinema, no language for on-screen storytelling. Concepts such as montage, flashback, crosscutting, fantasy sequence, and dissolve had yet to be discovered. These filmmakers defined those techniques, and more.

The medium of digital video has inherited that vocabulary, but it's also a unique technology, an artistic and informational medium all its own. We don't yet know the full extent of what the combination of digital video cameras and computers will achieve, but we expect there are many new techniques and lots of moviemaking language yet to be invented. Digital postproduction has already contributed novel effects like morphing, ramping, pixellation, and fractals.


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