Filmmakers rely on computers and technology to create amazing special effects and animation. Nearly every film includes some kind of effect that is produced by computers. Computer programs are so specialised nowadays that you can run a program to create just about any effect. Modern technology has unlocked the doors of our imagination. Because of computers, almost anything is possible in the world of film.
Just think of the most exciting moments you’ve seen in movies. Maybe it was a huge explosion in outer space or a monster that appears out of nowhere. Of course, we know what we see can’t be real, but the effect is so good that for a few moments we really believe it. Not all effects are scary though. Other films use technology to create beautiful backgrounds or animated characters. With computers, the possibilities are endless.
Films such as Toy Story show just how computers can be used in film successfully. There are no real actors (apart from the voices) and no real sets. Every character comes to life through technology. The process begins with an idea. Someone thinks of a story or of a character. With a little imagination, the story unfolds. Other characters are created and given personalities and looks. From here the computers take over and bring the characters to life! Through the whole process, from the first thought to the end product, the characters only ever exist as numbers in the memory of a computer.
Technology in film is a very big business. There are many schools and universities that offer courses in computer animation and special effects. If you are interested in becoming a computer programmer for the movies, you could begin by taking a few courses. Provided that you complete your courses successfully, you can look for work in the film industry. Most people begin working in a team with other programmers. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the secrets of the business.
Of course, technology isn’t everything. Computers can’t generate their own ideas. People come up with the ideas, write the programs and build the computers in the first place! The writers, directors and actors are the heart of any film, but it is the powerful combination of man and computer that makes the film industry grow in new ways all the time.
Because of technology, the future of film is very exciting. Every day new discoveries are made about computers and how they can be used in the film industry and elsewhere. As long as people continue to use their imagination, the future will surely bring us new and exciting adventures in film!