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A 16 mm spring-wound Bolex H16 Reflex camera, a popular introductory camera in film schools

Film encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an [art] form, and the [motion picture industry] . Films (also referred to as movies or motion pictures ) are produced by [recording] images from the world with [camera] s, or by creating images using [animation] techniques or [visual effects] .

Films are [cultural artifact] s created by specific [culture] s, which reflect those cultures, and, in turn, affect them. Film is considered to be an important [art] form, a source of popular entertainment and a powerful method for [educating] — or [indoctrinating] — citizens. The visual elements of cinema give motion pictures a universal power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions by using [dubbing] or [subtitles] that [translate] the dialogue.

Films are made up of a series of individual images called [frames] . When these images are shown rapidly in succession, a viewer has the illusion that motion is occurring. The viewer cannot see the flickering between frames due to an effect known as [persistence of vision] , whereby the eye retains a visual image for a fraction of a second after the source has been removed. Viewers perceive motion due to a psychological effect called [beta movement] .

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