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Durham Regional Fair
History of Film in Canada
A look into the history of Film and the Film Industry in Canada.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned about my topic is that Canada's film industry went though hard times and rough patches. Before actually studying my topic I assumed that Canada's film industry was always one of excitement and glamour. I was genuinely surprised to find out that for many decades Canadian films and the film industry was overshadowed by the American film industry.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
During the 1930's, 1940's, and early 1950's the Canadian Film industry was barely making any Canadian films. The Federal government decided to do something about it by creating a Capitol Cost Allowance and the film industry started to grow again. From this I learned that if you are ever stuck with a problem, instead of giving up, try thinking of new ideas and new ways to solve it.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
Our lives and our technology is much more advanced in comparison to the lives of those in the early 1900's. Back then to even try to film a scene you would have to go through so much to even set up a camera for filming. Nowadays you can shoot a short, professional looking film on a device that you can hold in the palm of your hand.