by Steven Ascher.
In the history of motion pictures there have been decisive moments when a new technology changed everything. In 1927 The Jazz Singer—the first “talkie”—marked the beginning of the sound era. Suddenly, silent film stars were out and a new type of actor and a new type of story were in, fundamentally changing how movies were written, filmed, and shown.
Today digital technology is driving a revolution that’s even more earthshaking. Young people who have grown up in the Internet era don’t realize how seismic the changes have been. Movies—all kinds of media, really—will never be the same.
Technically, what “digital” means is that pictures and sounds are converted to digital data (ones and zeros) that can be stored, manipulated, and transmitted by computers. Once in digital form, a world of possibilities opens up.
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