Film and Television
Film and Television
Visual techniques used in film and television to transmit an image start with the equipment.
Both television and film are similar in that they use a camera, lenses, and other video equipment.
With film production they use film stock that would be used to record the scenes. According to
Cinemaroll (2009), television and film “need an image source, which can be a person or an
image of your choice that you wish to capture.” Film uses projectors to display the scene and
televisions use an image box that contains pixels to create an image. When the scenes are filmed
the techniques used to deliver the message is another technique used. How the characters are
portrayed by the actors, the music used and the movements of the subjects are some examples.
The color of the film used to be only in black and white however since color was introduced
the “mood” of the film could be communicated more clearly. An example would be in a
romantic movie the colors could be pastels or softer colors. The lenses of the camera may use a
different filter that would set the mood to a romantic setting. Filters are used in many areas of
filming in both films and television to allow more light in or less light to help to visually create
In film, sound is not necessary to send the message or to create a mood. In the 1920’s, silent
films were popular and lead to an explosion of films shown at numerous theaters (Kenney,
2009). Film was portrayed using different acting methods to translate the message of the scene.
In contrast television needs to have sound to transmit the movie or show. Sound is one of the
ways to communicate the necessary narration to translate the visual images being shown on the
Another technique that is different in is in how they are delivered or transmitted. Film is
delivered by cinema film used in cinema, VHS or DVD. Television is delivered using cable,
satellite or by antenna which delivers the movie, shows or commercials to the television sets.
The camera in television is directed to the television by delivering tiny dots called pixels. These
pixels come together to make a large picture. The more pixels the more defined the picture is.
Film could be photographs or scenes put together on a roll of film and fed through a projector
creating movement of the subjects. During the 1920’s silent movies got their start and became a
productive thriving business. Television sends “live” shows or “recorded” shows through to the
television set. Film has influenced television in that the camera, transmitter, amplifier are all
used in television recording. Since film got started first, that paved the way for television to
become one of the most popular entertainments as well as keeping up with your everyday news.
Cinemarolling. (2009, May). Television and Film. Retrieved on February 7, 2010 from
Kenney, K. (2009, January). History of Silent Films: Entertainment in the Roaring 20’s.
Retrieved on February 6, 2010 from www.americanhistory.suite101.com