A movie, also commonly known as a motion picture, short movie, video, or short film, is a typically amateurish work of visual art employing repeated scenes, dialogue, narration, or sound to simulate real experiences that communicate specific messages, ideas, impressions, emotions, beauty, or ambiance. Movie making may incorporate other mediums such as painting, literature, television, computer-generated images, and so forth. The term ‘moviemaker’ refers to the person who designs, composes and provides the original content for movies. The term ‘viewer’ refers to the viewer of a movie.
In the past, movie makers have produced only black and white films with little or no dialogue. However, in modern times, producers of motion pictures have broadened their options to include a variety of pictures with sometimes complex plots and dramatic themes. Most movies are shot on a sound stage using cameras that record the motion picture from the actors’ movements on the set (the sets being the actual rooms or spaces in which the movie is set). Most movies that are made are shown for one or two weeks in various theaters before being broadcast for wide distribution.
Most filmmakers work with a small group of people on a project, which is composed of a writer, a director, a producer, and a location director. The writer is responsible for writing the story and conceiving of the concept of the movie. He or she must work with the cinematographer to conceptualize the images that will be used on film stock. The director is the person who actually makes the decisions about what the story and characters of the film will be.
After completing the script of a movie, the screenwriter then sends it to a movie maker for the purposes of filming it. Editing is the process by which shots are deleted or added to the film so that it fits together in the final version of the movie. Editing also involves the removal of all scenes that do not make the film effective or viewer-friendly. It is the process by which scenes are toned down or are removed from movies entirely. Editing software will be used during the editing process to facilitate the removal of scenes that do not make sense or are scenes that are redundant.
Digital video post-production or DVD post-production involves the steps of converting a movie into a movie file. This can be accomplished by several methods, such as the Microsoft Movie Maker software that is included on every Windows system, the Apple iMovie on the Mac, or the Sony Vegas movie studio system. An image from the digital source file is compressed into a digital file and can be used for uploading to the Internet. A digital image is often composited into a movie file using editing software. Editing can be done offline using DVD video editors, or online using computerized video editing programs. Online editing refers to the process in which a user edits the video file after it has been uploaded to the Internet.
There are many other types of movie editing, including visual effects editing where artists apply visual effects like flames or explosions to a movie character, music editing, sound editing, and the basic addition of special effects. When done correctly, movie editing can make an entire movie into something special. Some of the special effects may include shots of entire cities exploding, shots of cars speeding down streets, or people walking through giant trees. Online computerized movie editing includes everything from background music to explosions and special effects. It also can include footage taken from other movies in the same genre.