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Printing Movie Scenery

The technical requirements of the movies spurred technical innovation and invention in a number of areas. New machines and devices had to be developed in order to speed up production as most movie studios produced several, even dozens, of movies per month. This picture is of a large device for printing movie scenery and backgrounds. For example, if the scene called for a view of a mountain panorama, the movie studio’s technicians would paint a large scene on canvas or paper to stand in for the real thing.

Similar techniques are still used today, though most modern movies make use of CGI technology or blue screen.

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