Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures.
They reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them.
The name "film" originates from the fact that photographic film (also called film stock) has historically been the medium for recording and displaying motion pictures.
Many other terms exist for an individual motion-picture, including picture, picture show, moving picture, photoplay, and flick.
These devices relied on the phenomenon of persistence of vision to make the display appear continuous even though the observer's view was actually blocked as each drawing rotated into the location where its predecessor had just been glimpsed.
The process of filmmaking is both an art and an industry.
A film is created by photographing actual scenes with a motion-picture camera, by photographing drawings or miniature models using traditional animation techniques, by means of CGI and computer animation, or by a combination of some or all of these techniques, and other visual effects.
Hand-painted images based on the photographs were projected as moving images by means of his zoopraxiscope.
By the end of the 1880s, the introduction of lengths of celluloid photographic film and the invention of motion picture cameras, which could photograph an indefinitely long rapid sequence of images using only one lens, allowed several minutes of action to be captured and stored on a single compact reel of film.