Movie and film are two words that frequently mean the very same but utilized in diverse ways. However, when used interchangeably, often they refer to a single motion picture, usually a series of digital images projected on a flat screen in order that viewers actually see an optical illusion of moving motion. Yet, even though the words often are not synonyms, they often refer to the same thing. The movies in this realm are often referred to as a “moving picture.” A movie trailer is often cited as a movie or film but should really be read as a trailer for a movie or film.
The connotation of the words has changed over the years. In the past, when a movie was considered a “motion picture,” it was typically produced as a complete work that was released by a major studio. The term has since been expanded to include films that are meant to be shown in certain theaters exclusively. The term has been further narrowed to encompass any film production that is made for release on the local or international stage. Still, the two words still have somewhat different connotations when used together.
One way the connotation has changed is through the process of editing. In the past, when a movie was released theatrically, in the form of a video tape, it was edited by the movie director, the cinematographer, and the sound engineer. After the editor worked his or her magic by repairing the holes or compressions that were found in the film, it would then go on to be shown in a preview show or special screening for those who were able to attend. The viewing audience was often offered a choice as to whether or not they wanted to buy the film upon completion. This type of presentation of a film gave better meaning to the term.
Today, the term has undergone a complete change. Now, anyone can participate or attend a motion picture event. The audience will typically have a choice in the matter. If they choose, they can watch the film as is, with all of its original features, or they can opt to have the film edited by the filmmakers in any number of ways. It is these types of events that the term, “motion picture” has become synonymous with. This can be seen in nearly every production of this type in existence today.
Of course, just because something is being produced as a movie does not mean that it is a good motion picture in the strictest sense. There are some movies that have been produced and made available as motion pictures that have been utterly ridiculous in their conception and execution. Nevertheless, there are also great film ideas being produced in the motion picture industry that are worthy of seeing. In the past, many of these have gone on to become box office hits, bringing in huge amounts of money for the filmmakers involved.
The use of film, especially in the form of motion pictures, has changed the way that movies are produced and viewed. This can be seen with the advent of the talkies. With their use of spoken language and use of mime, the motion picture industry has never been able to be exactly what it is today. Thanks to the invention of celluloid, the future of cinema is bright and filled with bold new ideas, visions and innovations that will define the future of cinema.