The Origins of Cinema

With only a hundred years of history, film is regarded as a very important art form. How did the cinema appear? This is a storybook that introduces the origins and technological development of the cinema! There is a rich collection of historical examples from the East and the West, which provides a simple and vivid description on the early film development. It also shows relevant events happened in Hong Kong. This book is written in Cantonese with English translation, alongside exquisite illustrations, ideal for students and everyone who is interested in film!

1. Moving Images before Cinema
2. The Birth of Cinema
3. Films in Colour
4. Films with Sound

Presenter, Publisher & Distributor: REEL TO REEL INSTITUTE LIMITED

Editors: Janis Law, Aki Kung, Gladys Lau
Contributor & Coordinator: Vinci To
Translator: Erica Leung

Illustrator: Rick Lo @Rickubic
Designer: Sadie Lau

Format: Paperback (32 pages)
Language: Cantonese & English
Publication Date: 5/2020
For ages: 9+

ISBN: 978-988-74653-0-0
Printed and published in Hong Kong

Price: HK$60

Vinci To
Graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with BA in Linguistics & Modern Languages (first honour); later obtained her MA degree in Screen Translation Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. From 2010 to 2015 she was Assistant Editor of the Hong Kong Film Archive; and Editor for International Arts Carnival, Festivals Office, LCSD, from 2016 to 2018. She has also been doing freelance translation, editorial and copywriting work for various film festivals, TV channels and exhibition programmes over the years.

Rick Lo @Rickubic
Rick Lo is an illustrator, a designer and a university lecturer. He studied communication design at RMIT University in Australia and now staying in Hong Kong. Rick Lo is a member of the Hong Kong Designers Association and Hong Kong Society of Illustrators. In 2018, Rick Lo is among the ‘8 Talented and Inspiring Hong Kong Illustrators You Need To Know’, featured on a lifestyle magazine Localiiz.

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•Film Culture Centre (Flat A2, 4/F, Acro Industrial Building, 19 Yuk Yat Street, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon)
•Form Society (G/F, 186, Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon)
•HKAC Art Shop (G/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
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