The History of Film

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In Film
  • 25,000 Dollar Horse Bet

    25,000 Dollar Horse Bet
    While watching a horse race with some of his friends, Eadweard Muybridge bets $25K that at some point while running, a horse has all 4 feet off of the ground. His friends call him crazy and accept the bet but he proves this theory by setting up a series of cameras along the track, taking photos of a horse as it galloped by. Not only does he prove himself correct, but he also realizes that when the photos are viewed quickly, it created the illusion of motion.
  • Kinetoscope Parlors

    Kinetoscope Parlors
    After Muybridge's experiment, the concept of motion picture production came to life. The earliest sighting of this in the public was the kinetoscope. It allowed people to view short sequences of moving images, However it was made so that only one person at a time could view it, and each individual was charged for the experience.
  • Lumiere Bros

    Lumiere Bros
    In France, the two Lumiere brothers do what Thomas Edison was too cheap to do himself. They make a device that allows multiple people to view a film all at once. These features were normally only about a minute long.
  • Vaudevilles

    Vaudevilles
    Vaudevilles were a popular form of theater at the time as well. Some of these theaters begin to showcase motion pictures to draw in more patrons. The films would play in between skits and acts as a kind of filler.
  • Nickelodeons

    Nickelodeons
    This is an expansion of vaudevilles. Beginning at around the 1900s, these shows got their name because viewers had to pay a nickel to see them. They had the regular vaudevilles acts, but the movie was the feature instead of the skits.
  • The first narrative movie

    The first narrative movie
    Edwin Porter, makes "The Great Train Robbery." the first narrative film in the US. It introduced an actual plot, and incorporated new filming techniques. With 14 scenes and 12 minutes of run time, "The Great Train Robbery" was revolutionary for the film industry. It paved the way for many movies like it to come.
  • Motion Pictures Patent Company

    Motion Pictures Patent Company
    In an attempt to gain control over the growing movie industry, Thomas Edison and some followers create the Motion Pictures Patents Company. Other organizations try to copy the new company's success, but their efforts come at a great cost. The MCCP would ransack the studios of rival companies and threaten their employees sometimes even going through and injuring the employees.
  • Business Booming

    Business Booming
    Nickelodeons began to receive 26 million people per week as films grew in fame. Soon, big companies and wealthy people gained interest in making a large profit out of this new trend. This brought about the creation of many different businesses and corporations.
  • Florence Lawrence in Public

    Florence Lawrence in Public
    A rising movie star, Florence Lawrence, is only known as the "Biograph Girl" due to the fact that she works under Biograph Studios. She soon moves to Independent Moving Pictures Company. Carl Laemmle, the company's founder, pulls a publicity stunt in which he spreads rumors of Lawrence's death. Later, he has her and another leading actor make a public appearance in St. Louis to show that she is alive and well. This flares her popularity.
  • The First Star of the 20th Century

    The First Star of the 20th Century
    Charlie Chaplin is a comic phenomenon known for his witty humor and his subtle, but thoughtful messages of society. He is the first superstar of his kind during this time. Even his wage proves this statement, with Chaplin going from making a measly $150 a week, to a grand $1M a year.
  • The First Talkie

    The First Talkie
    "The Jazz Singer", starring Al Jolson, releases as the first film to feature full length synchronized dialogue, singing, and instrumental. There have been movies that had these things before, however none of them had all of them in one film. This movie sets in motion the decline of silent films.
  • Mary Pickford

    Mary Pickford
    Mary Pickford, dubbed "America's Sweetheart" in her career, is just about as popular as Charlie Chaplin is during this time. She wins an Academy Award for her role in Coquette as Norma Besant. This makes her the 2nd actress in film history to win such an award.