The Film Magazine - An Overview
The English word “Film” is a terminology which encompasses individual motion pictures, and the media or field of film together as an art form falls into the big motion picture industry, which means the entire movie world. Films are produced by capturing or recording images from the day to-day life in this world with cameras, or by creating images using animation techniques or special effects. Film shows motion. A horse running, a train moving fast on the rail track, a fight between two enemies-all come through vividly on the silver screen. The film reveals, what our eyes cannot see altogether, say a war between two countries, within a short span of time, you can watch a year of plant growth or a change of time, climate or period etc. Using slow motions, you can witness how a magician performs his tricks of magic. Animation lets you see the moving parts of a machine or a human body. In short-Film is purely a visual art, but by way of adding colours and sound effects, a new world of wonders can be created. So film becomes a form or art, or an expression of art. Moreover Film enables you to pinpoint the exact audience you want. Say, this film is meant only for adults or children. Many films have been made whose sole audience was to be a seven-man board of directors or the president of a company. Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures, which reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect themselves in different ways. Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment, and a powerful method for educating -or indoctrinating- citizens. The visual elements of cinema give motion pictures a universal power of communication; some movies have become popular worldwide attractions, by using dubbing or subtitles that translate the dialogue. Traditional films are made up of a series of individual images called frames. When these images are shown rapidly in succession, a viewer has the illusion that motion is occurring. The viewer cannot see the flickering between frames due to an effect known as persistence of vision — whereby the eye retains a visual image for a fraction of a second after the source has been removed. Viewers perceive motion due to a psychological effect called beta movement. The origin of the name "film" comes from the fact that photographic film been the primary medium for recording and displaying motion pictures. Many other terms exist for an individual motion picture, including picture, picture show, photo-play, flick, and most commonly, movie. Additional terms for the field in general include the big screen, the silver screen, the cinema, and the movies. Film magazines and journal are many and may be countless in Malayalam Language. But, a film Magazine, exclusively for Malayalam films, in English language, tailored with the most sophisticated methods of animation and special effects in the Web, is the first of its kind in Malayalam and it is a unique idea, born into our minds. We hope all Malayalam Movie-goers will like this idea and will support us in always by all ways as well as all means. Most of the pages will be in English and arrangements are being made to give translations of articles in Malayalam which will be available to readers shortly. New columns exclusively written by popular cine-artists and directors in Malayalam will also be our highlights in the forthcoming issues. The concept of “the film magazine” may not be a novel idea to the cine-goers. But, the film magazine will give everything to entertain,enchant and to enlighten the film goers in every way. We would suggest you to give your feed backs and comments for our new venture. Wishing all our e-readers, a very happy new year 2009.
By Williamsji Irinjalakuda