Television Motion Picture

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Television Motion Picture


a feature film created especially to be shown over a television broadcasting network, with consideration given to the technical capabilities of television and to the particular way in which viewers perceive images on a television screen. Television motion pictures are usually photographed on film with motion-picture cameras; however, since the mid-1970’s, they have also been produced on magnetic tape, with the picture and sound recorded by videotape recorders.

In the production of a television motion picture, consideration is given to the dimensions of the television screen, which are smaller than those of a movie screen. For this reason, television motion pictures usually differ from conventional motion pictures in their artistic organization: they have fewer long shots, do not show fine image details, and, when photographed on film, exhibit a narrower range of densities and reduced image contrast. In television broadcasting practice, television motion pictures are usually full-length or multisegment films designed for repeated showing; however, they may also be designed to be shown a limited number of times, for example, motion pictures of estrada (variety stage) performances.

When television motion pictures are photographed on film, both 35-mm and 16-mm negative and reversal film are used. Such films provide adequate image quality on a television screen and are less expensive than the 35-mm film used in cinematography. Images recorded on magnetic tape may be rerecorded on film and vice versa.


Tolmachev, V. B. Proizvodstvo telefil’mov. Moscow, 1971.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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