The 10 Greatest New Wave Movements in Film History

By Luke Brookman


What makes a cinematic movement a new wave? There are many loose definitions for the term “new wave”, but when applying it to national cinemas, two things are clear: a cinematic new wave is a movement that is distinctively different to the dominant mode of filmmaking of its home nation and its main goal, in every iteration, is to rejuvenate a national cinema with fresh ideas.

This might take the form of the use of new and groundbreaking filming technology, such as light weight cameras, or new editing practices that break traditional rules of filmmaking. It may appear evident through narratives that are radicalized – for the purpose of confronting social taboos – or politicized – for the purpose of acting as a voice for the oppressed underclass. New wave movements seek to deconstruct and subvert the cinema of its predecessors and offer something that atones more to the sensibilities of the younger or future generations.

The legacy of these movements can be seen in the cinema we watch today. The content we are shown, no matter how explicit, and the great variety of film forms and cinematic experimentations are a direct result of the groundbreaking path that national new waves have carved out.

Every individual new wave movement has a brilliant and unique body of work to offer. So, for anyone looking to expand their cinematic horizons, here is a list of the 10 greatest new wave movements in film history.

10. Hong Kong New Wave (1979-1995)

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Two historical events would come to shape Hong Kong cinema in the late 1970s: the end of the cultural revolution in China and the impending return of the territory to China, which was due to take place in 1997. These events lead to a unique cinema based in Hong Kong → continue…

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First A7rIII and 24-105mm lens shipped to Chinese buyers

By SonyAlpha Admin

The very first A7rIII has been shipped today to Chinese buyers (Source Xitek). Some time ago Sony stated that China was the number one Full Frame market in terms of volume. I guess that’s why the camera is shipping earlier than in USA and EU. And as you can see from these images below both […]

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Market report provides interesting insights into camera module industry

Graph: Yole Développement

Market research & strategy consulting company Yole Développement has just released its “Camera Module Industry Market and Technology Trends 2017” report, and the document includes a number of interesting findings and forecasts that photographers, specially those interested in smartphone photography, should pay attention to.

According to the report, the market for cameras in mobile devices is still the main driver of the camera module industry that reached $23.4 Billion in 2016 and is projected to reach $46.8 Billion by 2022.

The researchers at Yole Développement also found the manufacturers of autofocus and optical image stabilization systems had to adapt to the large production volumes and low cost requirements of the smartphone makers. This has resulted in a restructuring effort and a move of production capacity from Japan and Korea to China and Vietnam. Companies like New Shiko and TDK have been able to benefit the most from these developments.

In the sub-markets for image sensors and lens sets, the quasi-monopolies of Sony and Largan are about to end as the competition is quickly catching up in terms of technology. Module makers, like market leaders LG Innotek, are hugely dependent on customer loyalty as the loss of a large customer could potentially result in a collapse of the company.

The report also finds that the average cost for mobile camera modules has remained relatively constant. However, with high-end AF- and stabilization systems and and active alignment now being much more commonplace, complexity has increased disproportionally. The current total cost of camera module per phone is pretty much proportional to the number of cameras installed—two cameras cost the manufacturers $16, three cameras around $24, and those implementing four cameras in their devices have to calculate with a cost of more than $30 per handset.

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