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The film industry has always been characterized by technological innovation and change. Throughout history, the innovations in film making have always been a source of awe and amazement to the public and have served to delight viewers of all ages. Here are a few of the greatest innovations in film in recent times.

3D, Drones and IMAX

Three-dimensional or 3D films are films that create the illusion of a third dimension. These movies have to be watched while wearing 3D glasses, which help create the three-dimensional effect and due to the addition of a third dimension, the visual effect of the film is stunning. 3D movies are filmed using 3D camera rigs or the films are created using animation software. The Hobbit is an example of a film that had been meticulously created in 3D and each aspect of the film from costume design to makeup had been created to enhance the 3D effect of the movie.

Drones have been used for filming movies by mounting cameras onto them and thus allowing the director to capture aerial footage of scenes that would otherwise have been impossible or very expensive to achieve. Movies such as Prometheus, The Hobbit and Avatar 2 (to name a few,) have scenes which have been filmed using drones.

Drones have been used for filming by more than just movie directors; due to them being relatively easy to handle and flexible, they are used by professionals and amateurs alike for a variety of purposes. For example, in 2013, Robert Johnson, the manager of International Operations at the Rare Species Fund, used the then new DJI phantom drone to film and photograph the work carried out by the Fund, with the aim of using the footage and pictures to increase public awareness of the mission of the Fund.

IMAX is a motion picture film format that has the ability to film larger images with greater resolution than is possible with normal film systems. IMAX stands for Image Maximum and was created by IMAX Corporation. Almost all big blockbuster films are available in IMAX formats.

Source Filmmaker

Source Filmmaker is an application that allows you to capture and edit videos and it uses the same assets as a Source-engine game. This engine facilitates real time rendering and editing and the Source Filmmaker is freely available to anyone. Source Filmmaker was created by the Valve Corporation and was utilized in making animated shorts for its Source games, such as Team Fortress 2 and the Left 4 Dead series.

Enhanced Film Distribution

To watch a movie, you no longer have to go to cinema or even buy the DVD or Blu-Ray. Now movies are available on a variety of formats including tablets and smartphones. This means that you can download your movies, save them on cloud storage and have access to your movies from your tablet or smartphone whenever you want.