The original King Kong (1933), filmed and produced by Merian. C. Cooper, was based around the giant monster ape and his fascination with one of the main characters in the film. Later adaptations of the film have seen the relationship between the two expanded more, but the original King Kong focuses more on showing the technology that could be used at the time of filming.
'King Kong is often credited as the first to use miniature rear projections to create special effects sequences. Footage of the actors was projected on a small screen, one frame at a time, behind the models as they were animated.'(Miller 2012). The purpose of using trick photography for Kong was to allow the director more freedom with camera manipulation, but to also help create a sense of scale against the actors and the figures of Kong and the dinosaurs. Height and scale is one of the aspects of Kong that was very important as it helped to carry the storyline and the theme of the film.
Film Still 1 (Figure 1) http://cinemasights.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/king-kong-1933/
Film Still 2 (Figure 2) http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i0PNQ9oknwE/T1DhO_Be_YI/AAAAAAAACa8/e6DLI71ouBY/s1600/Dawn+Wall+%232.jpg
Film Still 3 (Figure 3) http://cdn.hometheaterforum.com/4/48/1000x500px-LL-48e4f04f_Movie_00_Title14032.jpg
James Ewing. In: http://cinemasights.wordpress.com [online] At: http://cinemasights.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/king-kong-1933/ (Accessed on 13/10/12)
Mark Bourne. King Kong. In: www.dvdjournal.com [Online] At: http://www.dvdjournal.com/quickreviews/k/kingkong33.q.shtml (Accessed on:15/10/2012)
Frank Miller. King Kong. In: www.tcm.com [Online] At: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/2690/King-Kong/articles.html (Accessed on 15/10/12)