Film focus: the fantastic technology behind the movies

Film focus: the technology behind the movies
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Technology and moviemaking have gone hand in hand since the first films hit the big screen over a century ago.

But over the last few years, the movie industry has gone through some massive changes. The push from celluloid to digital has changed the way movies have been made, while special effects have improved at a stunning rate thanks to infinite improvements in software and computational power.

And things are still changing at a pace. The introduction of 4K has not only revolutionised what is happening on the big screen but has dripped into homes, too. Frankly, as this year's Oscars have shown with Gravity scooping up seven awards, there has never been a better time for technology in movies.

TechRadar has been lucky enough to track the changing face of movies and bring your features about the films that have push the boundaries of what film can do. We have met our heroes and talked to the unsung heroes of cinema who have created some of film's greatest-ever moments.

We may not have a red carpet to roll out and you may not be wearing your favourite dress but do check out the features below. We are sure they will tell you everything you need to know about the making of some fantastic movies and hopefully a little bit more...

Spike Jonze

TechRadar talks to the Oscar winners

At the helm: those in the director's chair

Sound advice: audio in movies

Notes from the movie industry


Behind the scenes: the technology of film

Film opinion

The future of movies


Cartoon club: animation and film

TV is the new film: TechRadar talks television

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.