A movie, also commonly known as a motion picture, short film, or video, is an artistic work of visually powerful visual art, usually intended for mature viewing only, and made for a specific target audience. Motion pictures may be presented through two or more mediums such as on television, in movies theaters, on VHS video cassettes, on a DVD disc, or online via the internet. In the past, the movie industry was primarily localized with films made and distributed by a small number of studios in major cities. As of late, the industry has expanded globally with the rise of digital technology and the widespread availability of DVD players on the market.
Unlike a play, a movie depicts events or characters in a linear manner, which is the typical format of narrative media. Movies are not intended to be read or enjoyed leisurely; instead, they are meant to be enjoyed and shared by the millions of viewers whom pass over each day on the big screen. Unlike plays, which may be loosely or completely based on real events, a movie depicts events or characters from a predetermined perspective. Also unlike plays, in which the characters have free will and are allowed to develop their personalities, movies require plot structure, often following a well-defined character and story line.
Variety is the one of the biggest advantages of having movies; indeed, there are countless genres of movies available in the market today. Film critics and experts have often labeled movies into genres or sub-genres, identifying the characteristics and traits common to particular types of movies. However, the exact classification of movies into different genres may vary from one director to another and from one film to the next. For instance, some films may be classified as comedies, dramas, horror films, action films, science-fiction, adventure films, romance films and some other niche-based categories. Regardless of the actual classification, each genre of movie shares the common characteristics of engaging the audience, creating a happy and exciting experience for the audience.