The Difference Between Movies and Theater

It is interesting to know that movies and theater plays are much different than alike in many ways. Let us first discuss the few similarities that they have. Although the movie industry is considered a young form compared to theater plays, which have known to exist centuries ago, both are considered art forms. Both masterpieces require hard work and perseverance to complete and both media hopes to tell a story. Similarly, both require actors and actresses, which have undergone extensive training based on the kind of acting that each form demands. Lastly, they are both for the viewing public to watch, enjoy, critic and appreciate.

On the other hand, movies and theater differ in the following ways.

Manner of presentation.

Obviously, the two differ from the way each is presented to the audience. Theater plays are performed live in front of the crowd that makes it more susceptible to faults and errors. Consequently, it is also the one that requires more hours of practices and rehearsals. Costume changes are also done swiftly in the backstage where all the chaos is happening. Because the actors have minimal time to use for changing their costumes, everything should be prepared ahead in the backstage or their respective dressing rooms. Movies on the other hand, are pre-recorded, shot, and edited before they are shown in the cinemas. Not much time was spent for rehearsals and blockings, but rather in the editing and dubbing of the movie. It is also because of this, movies when shown are perfected and flawless. The actors and actresses of a movie also have the luxury of time when it comes to wardrobe changes, which adds up to the reason why movies take a longer time to finish as compared to theater plays.

Acting requirements.

Because theater plays need to cater to large audiences, theater acting requires large movements to make sure that the expression is seen even all the way to the back. Large venues also call for the need of loud and elaborate vocal projections to be able to effectively connect with the audience. Subtle reactions and motions are often left unnoticed in this medium. Whereas with movies, they have the advantage of using digital cameras for recording so minimum actions may already be appreciated. In addition to that, with the help of technology, music editing and dubbing may also be utilized to add whatever sound that they deem necessary and appropriate to improve the quality of the film.

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