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Apr. 8, 2014by:

Very often we forget about the films of the past. Sure, we talk about STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES and other films from the last thirty to forty years, but you delve further back than that and you likely run into people who have seen less and less films from history. Cinema has existed since as far back as 1878, but just how many of us have a good knowledge of silent films, world cinema, or even just black and white flicks of the 1940s?

This tribute video was put together with love and care by Scott Ewing who chronicles the entire history of movies and how they have evolved since their inception. Now, before you start eye-rolling and telling me that could take forever, Ewing's video cherry picks some highlights from each era to keep this supercut at a manageable three minute running time. Sure, some movies may be missing, but you get the general idea of how much the technology and abilities of filmmakers has grown over time. The results are pretty darn inspiring.

So, roll the clip below and see how many of these films you can recognize.

EVOLUTION of FILM from scott ewing on Vimeo.

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5:00AM on 04/09/2014
For those who are interested, there's a pretty comprehensive documentary series by Mark Cousins called The Story of Film that he made for the Film 4 channel in the UK. It's good stuff, and is kinda like mini-film school.
For those who are interested, there's a pretty comprehensive documentary series by Mark Cousins called The Story of Film that he made for the Film 4 channel in the UK. It's good stuff, and is kinda like mini-film school.
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9:57PM on 04/08/2014
I definitely notice a lack of response when I discuss movies that are pre-1960. Which is a shame considering how many gems there are that arent the big name ones like Wizard of Oz
I definitely notice a lack of response when I discuss movies that are pre-1960. Which is a shame considering how many gems there are that arent the big name ones like Wizard of Oz
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7:25PM on 04/08/2014
Lmao!!! Posted the right response in the wrong article!!
Lmao!!! Posted the right response in the wrong article!!
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7:24PM on 04/08/2014
The only question for me is which one I'll see first on the weekend. Probably bats/sups cause at that point in wouldnt have seen those characters for three and four years then cap 3. It will be interesting to see what the general public picks cause not everyone are as big a movie nuts as we are and they'll probably just see one or the other. That'll be an interesting weekend.
The only question for me is which one I'll see first on the weekend. Probably bats/sups cause at that point in wouldnt have seen those characters for three and four years then cap 3. It will be interesting to see what the general public picks cause not everyone are as big a movie nuts as we are and they'll probably just see one or the other. That'll be an interesting weekend.
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6:20PM on 04/08/2014
This is well edited but some really terrible selections and omissions. Sorry, but I poo poo the shit out of this.
This is well edited but some really terrible selections and omissions. Sorry, but I poo poo the shit out of this.
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4:58PM on 04/08/2014
That was okay. The cropping of some films is inexcusable. Plus, of all of the soundbites from the history of cinema to choose from, one from Zac Effron made the cut? Come on.
That was okay. The cropping of some films is inexcusable. Plus, of all of the soundbites from the history of cinema to choose from, one from Zac Effron made the cut? Come on.
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12:49AM on 04/16/2014
The Zac Effron line "I'll go tell them to keep it down" followed by a series of explosions including that of Emily Blunt worked perfectly. I personally like to have ONE aspect ratio for my montages. Whether it's 4:3, 1:78, 1:85 or in this case 2:35. It's a pet peeve but I just find it jarring when clips go in and out of ratios. Even with a 2:35 matte I always adjust the frame to either the top or bottom of the original ratio thus trying to preserve their original vision. Thanks again I hope my
The Zac Effron line "I'll go tell them to keep it down" followed by a series of explosions including that of Emily Blunt worked perfectly. I personally like to have ONE aspect ratio for my montages. Whether it's 4:3, 1:78, 1:85 or in this case 2:35. It's a pet peeve but I just find it jarring when clips go in and out of ratios. Even with a 2:35 matte I always adjust the frame to either the top or bottom of the original ratio thus trying to preserve their original vision. Thanks again I hope my explanation into why I changed the ratio was satisfactory.
4:13PM on 04/08/2014

Very Nice but...

You missed one that, had it not existed, then many of the movies that followed it may never had been made...
Star Wars
You missed one that, had it not existed, then many of the movies that followed it may never had been made...
Star Wars
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5:13PM on 04/08/2014
Yes, but he included 2001 in there, which I think is probably just as influential of a sci fi film in the long run.
Yes, but he included 2001 in there, which I think is probably just as influential of a sci fi film in the long run.
12:45AM on 04/16/2014
There you go sir. Hope you get a kick out of this

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There you go sir. Hope you get a kick out of this

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4:02PM on 04/08/2014
That was one big collage of awesome.
That was one big collage of awesome.
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3:53PM on 04/08/2014

Fantastic Edit

only thing that caught my eye was how he was at around late 2000's early 2010's and then he jumped back 15-20 years to dumb and dumber and then back again
only thing that caught my eye was how he was at around late 2000's early 2010's and then he jumped back 15-20 years to dumb and dumber and then back again
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