History of Film

Timeline created by FireballNinja
In Film
  • The Running Horse

    The Running Horse
    Several pictures were taken in quick succession to determine if a horse ever has all four hooves off the ground when running. This was the first ever example of a "moving picture."
  • Roundhay Garden Scene - The First Film

    Roundhay Garden Scene - The First Film
    The oldest surviving film in existence is a short film (2.11 seconds) directed by French inventor Louis Le Prince called the Roundhay Garden Scene.
  • Invention of the Kinetograph

    Invention of the Kinetograph
    W. K. L. Dickinson, while working for Thomas Edison, invented the kinetograph, which is considered to be the first motion picture camera.
  • The Great Train Robbery

    The Great Train Robbery
    The Great Train Robbery, created by Edward Porter, an employee of Thomas Edison, was the first U.S. narrative film.
  • Fantasmagorie - The First Cartoon

    Fantasmagorie - The First Cartoon
    Fantasmagorie, created in 1908 by Emile Cohl, was the first traditional hand-drawn animated cartoon. It lasted 1 minute and 20 seconds and depicted a stickman encountering different objects.
  • The First Technicolor Film

    The First Technicolor Film
    The Gulf Between was the first film made in technicolor, and the first color film produced in the United States.
  • First FIlm With Sound

    First FIlm With Sound
    The Jazz Singer, created in 1927, was the first film with sound. It earned millions of dollars and was a blockbuster film.
  • First Academy Award

    First Academy Award
    The first Academy Award for best picture was given to the movie Wings in 1929.
  • The Wizard of Oz - Transition to Color

    The Wizard of Oz - Transition to Color
    The Wizard of Oz was the first well-known color film, and represented the transition to color through its use of sepia in the beginning, and color later in the film.
  • Highest Grossing Film Ever (adjusted for inflation)

    Highest Grossing Film Ever (adjusted for inflation)
    When the amounts of money made by the most successful films of all time are adjusted for inflation, the one that comes out on top is Gone With the Wind, released in 1939, leaving Avatar in second place.
  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane
    Citizen Kane is the world's most famous and highly rated film and is at the top of most lists of the best films in history.
  • Blackboard Jungle

    Blackboard Jungle
    Blackboard Jungle, which, featured "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets, was the first film to feature a rock & roll song.
  • Psycho - The First Well-known Horror Film

    Psycho - The First Well-known Horror Film
    Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1960, is considered the mother of modern horror.
  • Tiger Child - The First IMAX Film

    Tiger Child - The First IMAX Film
    Tiger Child, directed by Donald Brittian, was the first IMAX film.
  • Jaws

    Jaws
    Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, is known as the first modern blockbuster to make 100 million dollars at the box office.
  • Tron - First CGI Film

    Tron - First CGI Film
    Tron, released in 1982, was the first film to feature true CGI (computer-generated images), causing it to be disqualified from the Academy Awards.
  • Toy Story

    Toy Story
    Toy Story, released in 1995, was the first film made entirely by computer animation and Pixar's first film.
  • First Movie Shot Entirely in Front of a Green Screen

    First Movie Shot Entirely in Front of a Green Screen
    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, directed by Kerry Conran, was the first movie to be shot entirely in front of a digital background
  • Avatar

    Avatar
    Avatar has grossed 2.78 billion dollars, making it the current highest grossing film of all time.
  • Toy Story 3 Grosses a billion dollars.

    Toy Story 3 Grosses a billion dollars.
    Toy Story 3, released in 2010, was the very first animated film to gross over a billion dollars.