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  • Hello there!


  • How would you like a ticket to one of the most influential forms of mass communication the world has ever known?


  • It's a universal language that lets us tell stories about our collective hopes and fears, to make sense of the world and the people around us.


  • I'm talking about film.


  • You probably figured that out because of the title for this video, but, yeah, I'm talking about film.


  • This powerful medium sits in a sweet spot of human culture, at the intersection of art, industry, technology, and politics.


  • It's inescapable, like FBI piracy warnings, and trailers that give away the entire movie.


  • I'm looking at you, Batman versus Superman.


  • And also versus Wonder Woman, apparently, 'cause I learned that from the trailer.


  • But before we get to a mouse named Mickey, a little Tramp, and whether or not Han shot first, we're going back to the beginning...

    但在我們開始討論米奇、小流浪漢、或是不是韓.索羅先開槍 (星際大戰劇情) 之前,我們要先回溯到電影的起源。

  • In a galaxy far, far...well, right here.


  • We have to go all the way back to the beginning because the creation of this cornerstone of modern entertainment was basically an accident.


  • We owe it all to inventors and artists who were experimenting with new technologies and trying to capture snippets of reality, to see the world in a whole new way.


  • I'm Craig Benzine, and this is Crash Course Film History.

    我是 Craig Benzine,這裡是 Crash Course 的「電影史小學堂」。

  • Ready? Lights! Camera! Action!


  • Roll the intro now.


  • We should roll the intro, I think.


  • (Theme Music)


  • The term "film" was first used to describe a specific technology.

    film 這個字原本是指一個特定的技術。

  • A thin, flexible material coated in light-sensitive emulsion that retains an image after it's exposed to light.


  • It's also the end product of that photochemical process.


  • A film is a movie.

    film 可以是「電影」。

  • But it's also a verb to describe the process of capturing moving pictures, as in, "I'm going to film a movie today."


  • Or, "Nick is filming me right this very second."

    或是「現在 Nick 正在拍我。」

  • Or, "I'm gonna film a film on film."


  • Over time, the original film technology has switched to analog and digital substitutes.


  • First things like VHS or Beta, and eventually digital video, like when you record something on your phone.

    首先出現了大帶、小帶 (皆為錄影帶格式),直到後來演變成數位錄影,像是你用你的手機錄東西就是數位錄影。

  • Now, at the very beginning of its history, before all these innovations existed, film started out as a collection of still images viewed one after another in rapid succession, which creates the illusion of motion.


  • Like what you're seeing right now!


  • It was a magic trick!


  • And from that trick came an art form that's a blend of literature, drama, photography, and music.


  • So how does this illusion actually work?


  • It all comes down to a couple quirks of human perception, tricks your eyes play on your brain, or your brain plays on your eyes, or maybe both.


  • The 19th century British scholar Peter Mark Roget was the first to describe one of these tricks, called Persistence of Vision.

    19 世紀的英國學者彼得.馬克.羅傑是第一位描述此現象的人,他將這種手法稱為視覺暫留。

  • Basically, this is the phenomenon that keeps you from seeing the black spaces between the frames of a projected film.


  • Now, frame can mean a lot of things in film language, but in this case, it's what we call one of the still images that make up a movie.

    frame 這個字在電影的語言中可以指涉很多東西,但這裡是指組成一部電影的一格靜止畫面。

  • It turns out that if a frame flashes in front of your eyes, your brain retains that image for about a fifth of a second after it's gone.


  • If another frame appears within that fifth of a second, your brain won't register the black space between them.


  • You'll just perceive the next image.


  • So when a film flashes 24 frames per second in front of your eyes, your brain doesn't interpret it as 24 images separated by flashes of black.

    所以在影片 1 秒就有 24 個畫面閃過你眼前的情況下,你的大腦並不會將它解讀成被黑色畫面分開的 24 張影像。

  • Instead, it looks like a constant picture.


  • This effect can be combined with another oddity of perception called the Phi Phenomenon, defined in 1912 by the Czech-born psychologist Max Wertheimer.

    這個效果還可以跟另一個感知上的特性結合,這個特性叫「飛現象」,1912 年由生於捷克的心理學家馬科斯.韋特墨提出。

  • Incidentally, "oddity of perception" – my nickname in high school.


  • The Phi Phenomenon is an optical illusion that lets you see a series of images in rapid succession as continuous motion.


  • Think of those flip books you played with as a kid.


  • Take a series of still pictures, shot or drawn in sequence, flip them quickly before your eyes.


  • And...voilá! The illusion of motion.


  • You have yourself a "motion picture," or a "moving picture."


  • In other words, a moving-picturey.


  • Better yet, a "movie."


  • Write that down, that's what we're going with.


  • Now, people have been telling stories since we've had language, and they've been using pictureseven animating themfor almost as long.


  • One line of thinking traces "movies" all the way back to cave paintings in places like Chauvet, France or El Castillo, Spain.


  • You knowthose images of animals, trees, and human figures, painted on stone walls as far back as 32,000 years ago.


  • Scientists think the original artists might have used flickering torchlight to make them appear to move.


  • Fast forward to just 5000 years ago, and we find people inventing more sophisticated devices to create that same illusion of motion.


  • Among these pre-film animation tools, the ones we're most familiar with are called zoetropes.


  • This like a bowl or a deep cylinder with sequential images painted on the inside and small slits or windows cut into the edges.


  • Spin the bowl and peer through the slits andthanks to Persistence of Vision and the Phi Phenomenonthe pictures seem to move.


  • Oooh!


  • Over the centuries, these devices came in lots of different forms and just as many names: phenakistoscope, stroboscopes, stereoscopes...all kinds of scopes.


  • But not Scope, the mouthwashthat's something else.

    但我不是在說 Scope 漱口水,那是另一個東西。

  • And for a long, long time, this is as close as we ever got to film.


  • Until photography came along.


  • Now, it's important to remember that no one set out to invent movies.


  • There was no one mastermind, and no grand plan to revolutionize communication or art on a global scale.


  • If I was around, it would've been me, but there wasn't anyone.


  • Instead, film as we know it today exists because of a series of happy accidents, technical innovations, and scientific by-products.


  • 'Cause really, at the beginning, nobody knew what they were doing.


  • Just like now!


  • I'm lookin' at you, Batman versus Superman.


  • Photography came about in the early-to-mid-19th century, at a time of great scientific and artistic innovation.

    攝影大約在 19 世紀中期問世,當時科學和藝術領域都有很大的創新。

  • People of means all over the world were tinkering in their spare time, playing around with technology and seeing what they could create, combine, augment, or transform.


  • Before the photograph was invented, people were isolating images of the world around them with devices like the camera obscura.


  • From the Latin meaning "dark chamber," a camera obscura is essentially a box, tent, or room with a lens or pinhole in one end, and a reflective surface like a mirror at the other.

    camera obscura 拉丁文的意思就是「暗室」,暗箱基本上就是一個箱子、帳篷或房間,一側有鏡頭或小孔,另一側則是像鏡子的反射面。

  • Light travels through the hole and displays an inverted image on the mirror.


  • Like most of these pre-photography technologies, the camera obscura was mostly a novelty, a toy, or sometimes a tool that let artists create images to study or trace.


  • As the 19th century dawned, folks started playing around with photosensitive chemicals, to figure out their properties while trying not to melt themselves with acid.

    19 世紀初,人們開始試驗感光的化學物質,在嘗試不要讓它們溶解於酸類時,也瞭解了其特性。

  • Which we should all try to do, in practice.


  • In the 1820s, a French inventor named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took the first known camera photograph.

    1820 年代,一名法國發明家約瑟夫.尼塞福爾.涅普斯拍出了世界上第一張相片。

  • He called it "View from the Window at Le Gras."

    他將它取名為「在 Le Gras 窗外的景色」。

  • Niépce used a camera obscura to project an image onto a pewter plate coated in a light-sensitive chemical.


  • The areas of the chemical that were hit with the brightest light hardened, but the areas touched by weaker light could be washed away.


  • So a crude permanent record of the original image survived.


  • Scientists now believe it took a couple days of exposing the plate to light for the image to finally show up.


  • So we're still a long way from movies!


  • But we're getting closer. Get excited.


  • Louis Daguerreanother Frenchman, and a close buddy of Niépcewas able to shorten the exposure time to just a couple of minutes.


  • His daguerreotype process became the first commercially-available, mass-market means of taking photographs in 1839.

    他的銀板照相法在 1939 年成了第一個可用於商業、大眾市場的攝影法。

  • And this is usually considered to be photography's birthday.


  • Hooray! Happy birthday...


  • But hold on, the daguerreotype still had a few problems to work out.


  • The photographs were pretty fragile, they weren't easy to replicate, and the chemicals were, shall we say, toxic.


  • Along came George Eastman, an American entrepreneur and the founder of Eastman Kodak, who invented a way of taking pictures on paper, rather than metal or glass plates.


  • This method also didn't need as many chemicals, which probably saved a lot of snap-happy inventors from health problems.


  • Now photography was off to the races.


  • Literally.


  • So let's go to the thought bubble and see how photographs were used to pause time and take a closer look at movement.


  • Take it away, thought bubble!


  • Well, I...I will take it...I'm gonna narrate, so...


  • In 1872, Leland Stanford, the former governor of California and a horse race aficionado, made a bet with another bigwig that a horse at full gallop raises all four hooves off the ground at some point.

    1872 年,前加州州長利蘭.史丹佛也是一名賽馬迷,他和另一個大人物打賭說,在馬兒全力奔馳時,他們的四蹄會同時離開地面。

  • To settle the bet, Stanford commissioned a photographer and inventor named Eadweard Muybridge to find photographic proof.


  • So, Muybridge set up twelve cameras along a racetrack, each triggered by a tripwire to capture a still image of a horse in motion.

    所以邁布里奇就沿著跑道架設了 12 架攝影機,每架相機都用導線連接以捕捉馬隻在移動時的靜止畫面。

  • His set of twelve photos was something brand new: rapid motion broken down into frozen, studiable moments.

    這組前所未見的 12 張相片將快速的移動分解成一張張靜止且可讀的畫面。

  • Spoiler alertGovernor Stanford won his bet!


  • There were a couple images where that horse wasn't touching the ground at all.


  • Muybridge's experiment launched a wave of "motion studies," as photographers and inventors all over the world began using these new technologies to break down continuous motion into individual images.


  • And that was one giant step closer to motion pictures.


  • Thanks thought bubble! You're so great!


  • One of those photographers was yet another Frenchman – a man named Étienne-Jules Marey,


  • whose training in physiology led him to capture motion studies of birds in flight and human athletes in action.


  • Instead of tripwires like Muybridge, Marey invented what he called a chronophotographic gun, awesome!


  • And switched from sheets of photographic paper to rolls, allowing him to take bursts of photographs – 12 per second.

    他用底片代替一張張的感光紙,讓他能夠快速連拍,每一秒可以拍出 12 張相片。

  • Even with all these increasingly-fancy techniques, it's important to note that these were still just series of photographs.


  • Motion studies were sometimes projected, using devices like Muybridge's zoopraxiscope, but nobody was trying to make movies yet.


  • So, the world was boring.


  • Each of these innovations set up a fellow you may have heard of Thomas Edison and a scientist who worked for him named W.K.L. Dickson to invent the kinetographthe world's first motion picture film camera.

    這些發明讓湯瑪斯.愛迪生和一名為他工作的科學家 W.K.L. Dickson 一起發明了活動電影放映機,這是世界上第一台電影攝影機。

  • And they, in turn, paved the way for the first filmmakers to experiment with motion picture technologies and storytelling.


  • We mentioned earlier that film is an illusion, but it's an illusion that's carefully crafted by people who want to show a specific point of view.


  • With aesthetic choices from shot angle and shot size to lens type and lighting style and how much hair you put on a wookie.

    其中包含許多美學的選擇,從拍攝角度、尺寸到鏡頭種類、打光和伍基人 (星際大戰角色) 要有多少毛髮。

  • Filmmakers can further affect how we, as an audience, interpret reality.


  • In a real sense, film wasn't invented, it was stumbled upon.


  • A series of happy accidents eventually led us to Citizen Kane, Grand Illusion, Black Girl, and the experimental works of Stan Brakhage.


  • Not to mention, things like The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Captain America: Civil War, and Sharknado!

    更不用說像是《綠野仙蹤》、《法櫃奇兵》、《美國隊長 3:英雄內戰》、和《風飛鯊》這些電影!

  • There's a whole world of film out there to discover, and there's a lot that film can help you discover about yourself too.


  • And that's the story we'll continue, next time we meet.


  • Today we talked about how film is a sort of magic trick, thanks to the ways our eyes and brains work.


  • Thank you eyes and brains!


  • We introduced the very, very beginnings of film, when people started using sequential images to tell stories.


  • We discussed photography as a huge technological leap forward since chemicals and light could capture images and break down fast-moving reality like never before.


  • And next time, we'll learn about the very first motion picture cameras, and the start of movies as we know them now.


  • Crash Course Film History is produced in association with PBS Digital Studios.

    Crash Course 電影史小學堂是跟 PBS 數位工作室一起製作的。

  • You can head over to their channel to check out a playlist of their latest amazing shows, like BBQ With Franklin, PBS Off Book, and Indy Alaska.

    你可以前往他們的頻道去看看他們最新、最酷的影片,像是 BBQ With Franklin、PBS Off Book 和 Indy Alaska。

  • This episode of Crash Course was filmed in the Doctor Cheryl C. Kinney Crash Course Studio with the help of these nice phenakistoscopes.

    本集的 Crash Course 是在 Doctor Cheryl C. Kinney Crash Course 工作室拍攝,感謝他們提供費納奇鏡。

  • And our amazing graphics team is Thought Cafe.

    我們最優質的動畫團隊是 Thought Cafe。

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