A movie, also referred to as a video, short film, animated film, or digital movie is an artistic work of visual art designed to simulate various experiences which convey ideas, stories, emotions, beauty, or scenery through the use of moving pictures. The term “moviemaker” is sometimes used synonymously with “an animator”. In this sense, the term has come to refer generally to any one of the following artists: photographers, illustrators, designers, film makers, musicians, and computer programmers. The word “moviemaking” is also commonly used to describe a number of artistic mediums. For example, works of motion graphics, computer animation, and digital photography are all forms of moviemaking.


In contemporary society, there are two major types of film produced and marketed by independent film producers and distributors: low budget films (shot in the same way as other independent films) and high budget films (shot on location, using a crew). These films are referred to as movie genres; for example, Hollywood movies vs. independent films. (On-screen violence is a distinguishing feature of Hollywood films, while independent films are primarily artistic creations.) In the past, independent films were largely shot on location; today, many of the best independent films are shot on computers instead.

Movie trailers are often rated according to the film rating system of the MPAA (Movies Rating Administration). In the United States, the system is called the MPAA Rating System. The MPAA’s official website provides a list of the film ratings, including a table displaying the ratings for each major film type. Additionally, the website contains a list of foreign film ratings and general movie information.

According to the MPAA, a film is eligible for eligibility if it is directed by a person or group of people who “actively participate in the making of the movie.” Active participation refers to such things as producing the film, having an executive producer or director on board, and working with a qualified marketing and promotion team. For all but the lowest-budget movies, the MPAA also considers the length of the movie in its running length, the film’s special effects, special and visual elements, the film’s music and performances, and more. Finally, some movies may be submitted for ratings yet rated by other organizations, including the Ector Awards, Satellite Awards, and the Golden Globe Awards.

Many adult films have nudity in their content. While censoring may be used by the movie industry to reduce the audience reaction to nudity, some viewers still find nudity disturbing or offensive. Viewers should keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to watch a film based on nudity. Additionally, some companies offer vouchers that can be purchased for families who want to take a tour of movie theaters without having to worry about nudity.

It’s important to note that even “pornographic” films can fall into a category of “mature” under the MPAA guidelines. This is to distinguish pornographic materials from romantic, comedic, and other non-pornographic films. For example, movies like Shrek (rek is obviously intended to be about love rather than lustful feelings) would likely be categorized as a comedy film, while Sex and the City and Moulin Rouge Can’t Have Begun would definitely be considered a romantic comedy. However, any scenes involving overt nudity (including sexual innuendo, graphic nudity, drug use, etc.) may be awarded one of the highest grades, which will make the film eligible for prizes such as the Oscar. Movie ratings can help audiences choose which films they wish to see, which will most certainly boost the revenue of movie theaters overall.