Silent Era (1895-1929)

The Silent Era marked the birth of cinema and the development of visual storytelling techniques. Pioneers like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton experimented with techniques such as montages, close-ups, and long takes to effectively convey stories through visual language. The Silent Era refers to the early period of cinema before the introduction of synchronized sound. Consequently, the biggest challenge for filmmakers at the time was to communicate narratives solely through visuals. As a film student, it is crucial to explore silent films to understand the power of visuals. I highly recommend watching films like “The Kid” by Charlie Chaplin and “Metropolis” by Fritz Lang. Although there are countless other notable films from this era, I encourage you to discover them on your own, as it is easily accessible nowadays.