The Quickest Possible Explanation of the History of Film

What exactly is film, anyway? And how was it made? If you ever wanted to know a (mostly) complete history of those strips of plastic you use you capture images by exposure to light, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better explanation that this five-minute video:

In his lightning-quick summary, the folks at Tech Quickie offer as comprehensive a lecture on the history of film as you could expect in a quick YouTube video, from Johann Heinrich Schulze’s discovery of exposing silver nitrate to light, all the way to celluloid film reels catching fire in movie theaters and the difference between film and digital photography today.

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If you didn’t know this stuff before, you know it now.

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