Personal Space & Show Time

May 17, 2012 in , ,

Celebrities live in a whirlwind where they film movies in exotic locales, and live in luxurious mansions in high-end communities. Their hectic schedules are filled with press conferences, and glamorous red carpet events and parties where they rub shoulders with other rich and famous people. That’s what it seems to most of us, but when the lights are dimmed, and the cameras are turned off, they go back to being normal.

Of course, their version of normalcy is fairly different from ours, but one thing remains the same: their need for privacy. The media constantly hounds them, eager for more pictures, and for them to slip up. They do this to feed us, the people who are always ready for more material to gossip about with our friends, or just to muse over when we are bored. It’s only natural for us to want to know more about the seemingly fabulous lives they lead, and just by taking up their profession, these celebrities have acknowledged that people will always want to know more about them. The problem comes when too much is out there; when the general public knows enough – or think they do – to pick apart their lives in their heads, and create scenarios that never happen: when we start thinking we know what they should do in particular situations, and judge them over what they do.

Even though celebrities place themselves in the spotlight much of the time, not everything they do needs to take center stage. When Princess Diana was involved in the fatal car crash that took her life, and the two princes called for the media to allow them to grow up quietly, without all the attention. They obliged, but only after the damage had been done. The princes grew up well without the media scrutinizing their every move, and sometimes, the public just needs to step away to give them room to breathe.

It’s fun following celebrities, and keeping updated with what they are doing, but there should be boundaries as well; things that don’t get into the public eye. It’s about respect; about knowing the limits; what we can discuss, and what we, even as ardent fans, should avoid. Even celebrities need their personal space.
It's Show Time!
By Phel Kaur, and Alicia Loh

The movie industry has come a long way from its grainy, black-and-white origins to the multi-billion dollar industry it is now. Well, try asking your grandparents or even your parents what movies were like when they were young. They watched either silent films or those in black and white. Let us enlighten you on the development of filmmaking.

The First Years (the 1800s)

It all started with the introduction of the phenakistoscope in 1832—a spinning disc with frames painted onto it. When the disc was spun, the frames would move rapidly, resulting in what looked like a moving picture. In 1878, Eadweard Muybridge became the first person to create a motion picture. Emile Reynaud produced the first publicly exhibited motion picture, shown with his Praxinoscope in 1892.

The Silent Years (approximately 1895–1920)

Although there was motion, movies made during this time were silent and were only accompanied by a live musician, usually a pianist or an organist who added dramatic background music. Warner Bros. produced the first movie with music, Don Juan, in 1926. A year later, the company released a movie with spoken words.

The ‘Talkies’ (1920–1930)

The first practical method of synchronizing sound with movement appeared around 1923, and it soon became popular. The Academy Awards in 1929 were the first awards to celebrate movies. Not long after that, a series of organizations were set up and meetings were held to ensure that the movie industry would go down the right road and establish a code of what should and should not be shown.

War and Post-War Period (1940s)

Movies during this period were largely used to spread misinformation, and there were also important short news programs that were shown in the cinema for updates on the war. People were eager to view these images since the radio and newspapers were their only other sources of information.

Hollywood Rules (1950–1960)

Hollywood continued to produce film after film, often managing to sign up singing stars with a contract for multiple titles, which they later found to be less than appealing. Elvis Presley was one such star caught up in the relentless Hollywood machine. In the 1960s, Hollywood began to lose its grip on the film industry as more and more films were shot in random locations instead of at the Hollywood studios.

Video Tape Decade (1980s)

It is a little-known fact that movie studios tried to ban the home ownership of VCRs citing a violation of copyright. Of course, this was unsuccessful, and the birth of the VCR (Video Cassette Recording) soon opened up a whole new market for the movie studios to exploit.

Lights, Camera, Action (1990s)

Improvising on the special effects, every film seemed to be more complex and louder than the last, with more crashes and explosions and scarier monsters than anyone could have previously imagined. Independent films were also on the rise, breaking away from the big studio monopoly.

The Show Must Go On

Today, 3D movies are making a comeback. We are now in for a decade full of them.

So there we go. That was the timeline of the film industry’s development. It’s pretty incredible to look at how things have changed and improved over time through technology. We wonder what the next big thing will be.