36 TV and Movie Innovations and Accidents That Left a Strong Legacy

36 TV and Movie Innovations and Accidents That Left a Strong Legacy

Sometimes we stop to wonder why things are the way they are. Well, this visual storytelling medium of ours is still young enough for us to pinpoint key moments in its evolution. And unlike many other evolutionary processes, it’s a lot easier to pinpoint its key moments when, ya know, all those cameras are rolling.

The first to credit the full crew. 1977 CRACKED.COM George Lucas decided to list every last crew member in the Star Wars final credit crawl. Before that, only department heads would get their moment in the limelight.

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The first kids' show 1955 CRACKED.COM Captain Kangaroo was a show based on the warm relationship between grandparents and children and inspired all your favorite shows when you were a wee lad or lass.

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The first laugh track 1950 CRACKED.COM The Hank McCune Show, a TV show about a guy running a variety show, was kind of like an early 30 Rock, except it was cancelled after 3 weeks.

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The first live news story 1938 CRACKED.COM NBC New York interrupted its scheduled programming to report on a fire on Ward's Island, home to both an Inebriate Asylum and an Idiot Asylum.

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Hollywood tragedies that brought change Midnight Rider A fatal train accident The death of camera assistant Sarah Jones led to the creation of a non-profit that works to prevent similar tragedies. It provides a safety checklist to the industry, similar to other initiatives like the IATSE Safety App. CRACKED

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Historical Firsts in Practical Effects Hg1 Frank Williams: Grandfather 1916 of the green screen 5 Fig.2. 6 Williams' traveling matte system shot actors or vehicles against a black background and isolated them to be placed on other moving images. It could only work in black and white, but is a direct precursor of blue/green screen technology. CRACKED

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Historical Firsts in Practical Effects The first full-length 1925 stop-motion animation Stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien developed several innovations for The Lost World that are still used today. Не created a technique that joined stop- motion and live-action onscreen at the same time. CRACKED

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Historical Firsts in The World of Stunts The first screen 1930s fighting techniques John Wayne and Yakima Canutt began working closely after Canutt stunt-doubled for Wayne in 1932. They pioneered techniques (still in use today) that make fake punches look real on camera. CRACKED

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Hollywood tragedies that brought change Twilight Zone: The Movie A helicopter crash Three actors tragically died in a helicopter accident while filming Twilight Zone: The Movie decades ago, leading to the creation of the Motion Picture & Entertainment Safety Program. This program is still in place today to keep actors and crew safe. CRACKED

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