An Era of Revolutionized Film Industry

Back in the dark ages, the world lacked entertainment resources. People were too busy figuring out the most basic activities of their lives that they did not have any option left for entertainment. Later, when time progressed and technology made its way through, the origin of movies and motion pictures began in the late 1800s to provide mankind with a chance to relax. The invention of “motion toys” was designed to trick the eye into seeing illusions of motion from a display of still frames in quick succession. The first ever motion film was released in 1885 by George Eastman and William H. Walker, contributing to motion photography’s advancement. 

The 1900s proved to be a great revolution in the history of filmmaking. Advanced technology pushed filmmakers to create movies with attractive features. To elevate the interest of people in the entertainment industry, the aspect of big screens emerged. 

The first theater in the world was opened on June 19, 1905, in Pittsburgh, Penn to get more attention from the public. It was developed to showcase motion pictures to the world and was named Nickelodeon. The theater established from the collective efforts of John P. Harris and Harry Davis, who transformed an empty store at 433-435 Smithfield St. into a theater of 96 seats. The theater’s name was decided upon the cost of admission to it, i.e., a nickel, and the Greek word for theater, i.e., odeon. 

People were getting used to visiting the theater more often and found it the best way to reduce stress. The theater, in its early stage, showed movies all day long. “The Baffled Burglar” and “Poor But Honest” were the first rolled movies in the theater. It turned out to be a huge success, and thousands of nickelodeons began to appear from all across America. 

The movies that were released in the early period were in black and white visuals. However, with the developments in technology and art, the film industry started shifting towards colored films. Although the concept of movies solemnly relied upon entertainment, it changed its entire aspect by providing different morals to people. Every film had its own impact on the viewers. The entertainment industry started highlighting all critical or basic life-related events as the time passed.

With the same incentive, Donald Tjernagel, born on July 5, 1975, in Oelwein, Iowa, graduated in Film Studies and became a film producer and director. His recent work includes a movie named “Flirts.” The movie is both written and directed by Don Tjernagel. In the movie, Don tried to highlight the most basic norm of our society, i.e., people’s perspectives on different professions. The movie’s main character is Rebecca Romero, played by the talented actress Rebecca Lee McCarty. The character owns a strip club and learns about the shocking ways people can treat lesser highlighted professions. On her busiest day, she comes across some mean politicians who just want to shut her business down for good, as they do not find the place worthy. But because of Rebecca’s passion, she somehow succeeds in her mission. She teaches those absurd politicians a lesson to remember forever. She portrays herself as a symbol of bravery and proves that every profession is worth respecting even when one is not in complete favor of it.  

Don Tjernagel generally makes low-budget films. He owns a company out of Waterloo, Iowa. Most often, he makes movies in locations where his team can get easy access for filming. When he discovered a place named Flirts, Tjernagel decided to make a fictional story about the place. Being friendly to Don, the owner and management of the place permitted him to shoot around their ambiance. It took him four months to complete the movie. One thing he is very proud of is that the movie’s total budget was only $8000. Yet, the movie successfully left a strong impression on people’s hearts. 

Currently, the movie industry has expertly carved its way into the public lives that location or age has no longer been a barrier for people to entertain themselves. It is now on directors and scriptwriters to alter the entertainment world by creating a powerful impact upon the public through the subject of their films.  

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