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The Cinema in Flux

The Evolution of Motion Picture Technology from the Magic Lantern to the Digital Era

Authors: Lipton, Lenny

  • Chronicles the complete history of motion picture technology from the magic lantern to the current digital era
  • Shows how competing technological, cultural, economic, and legal factors shaped the cinema and TV industries
  • Split into digestible sections and accompanied by plenty of illustrations
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About this book

The first of its kind, this book traces the evolution of motion picture technology in its entirety. Beginning with Huygen’s magic lantern and ending in the current electronic era, it explains cinema’s scientific foundations and the development of parallel enabling technologies alongside the lives of the innovators. Product development issues, business and marketplace factors, the interaction of aesthetic and technological demands, and the patent system all play key roles in the tale.

The topics are covered sequentially, with detailed discussion of the transition from the magic lantern to Edison’s invention of the 35mm camera, the development of the celluloid cinema, and the transition from celluloid to digital. Unique and essential reading from a lifetime innovator in the field of cinema technology, this engaging and well-illustrated book will appeal to anyone interested in the history and science of cinema, from movie buffs to academics and members of the motion picture industry.



About the authors

Lenny Lipton founded StereoGraphics Corporation in 1980 and was the Chief Technology Officer of RealD during the introduction of digital stereoscopic theatrical exhibition. He led the team that invented the ZScreen, used in more than 30,000 RealD 3-D theaters, and was the first to demonstrate the flickerless projection technique used on 80,000 3-D cinema screens. He has written four books, including Independent Filmmaking (1972) and Foundations of the Stereoscopic Cinema (1982). He is a Fellow of both the SMPTE and the SPIE, and a member of the Scientific Council of the Conservatoire des techniques of the Cinémathèque Française. He’s been granted 72 patents in the field of electronic stereoscopic displays and received a Smithsonian award for his invention of CrystalEyes, the original electronic stereoscopic eyewear product, and he received the Lumiere Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advanced Cinema Society. While majoring in physics at Cornell he wrote the lyrics of the song Puff the Magic Dragon. He produced and directed 25 independent films in the collection of the Pacific Film Archive. He lives in Laurel Canyon, California, with his family.

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“This extraordinary work by Lenny Lipton is valuable not only because of the quality of its analysis, its breadth, its vision, and its erudition, but also because of its clarity and literary style, so pleasant to read: above all, it has an originality that strongly distinguishes it from its predecessors. What makes Lenny Lipton's book admirable and exciting, one of a kind, is that the author -- one of the great designers of modern 3D -- during his long career has been a technician, director, inventor, and entrepreneur. Thanks to his training and long experience, he has the knowledge of science and the film industry to allow him to approach the long history of cinema, punctuating it with patents, both those that were successful and industrial disasters, magnificent failures and major and minor developments.” (Laurent Mannoni, Curator, Cinémathèque Française, Paris)

Buy this book

eBook 37,44 €
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  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: March 14, 2021
  • ISBN 978-1-0716-0951-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 46,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cinema in Flux
Book Subtitle
The Evolution of Motion Picture Technology from the Magic Lantern to the Digital Era
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-1-0716-0951-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-0716-0951-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-0716-0950-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 886
Number of Illustrations
318 b/w illustrations, 259 illustrations in colour
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