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A history of short films

  • Étienne-Jules Marey

    Étienne-Jules Marey
    Marey came up with two solutions for taking photographs of action. The first solution was was to take multiple images on the same plate, so that all the movement could be analysed on the same print. This worked well for images with a movement along the plate, but less well for more static images. Marey came up with a new idea. He created a 'photographic gun', The result was a plate with twelve different images set around the edge, which showed the different parts of a bird's flight.
  • George Eastman

    George Eastman
    In 1880 George went into the dry plate business. The Eastman dry plate company officially opened January 1, 1881. By November 1881, the company was making 4000 dry plates a month. One day, photographers were complaining the plates weren't working. So he began making a new gelatine emulsion. He did 469 experiments, but the plates still didn't work. He then had the idea to make a camera with no plates. George took a long thin roll of paper, coated it with collodion, and named it film.
  • Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope

    Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope
    The very first films were presented to the public in 1894 through Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope, a peepshow-like device for individual viewing.
  • The Lumiere brothers

    The Lumiere brothers
    The Lumiere brothers first films The best-known film from this time is perhaps the Lumière brothers’ Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1895), which supposedly had audiences fleeing in terror as a celluloid locomotive hurtled towards them.
  • Edwin S. Porter

    Edwin S. Porter
    Edwin S. Porter joined the Vitascope Marketing Company in 1895 where his experience with electrical engineering was called into use. Whilst working as a projectionist, one of Porter’s many duties included the illegal duplication of Méliès films. In addition, he attempted to create his own camera and projector but his efforts were in vain and in 1900 he returned to Edison’s Company not in an engineering capacity but as a producer and director at Edison’s East 21st Street Skylight studio.
  • Le Voyage dans la Lune

    Le Voyage dans la Lune
    Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) is a French, silent science-fiction film loosely based on the two famous novels: Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon and H. G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon. Trip to the Moon is the first known science fiction film; written and directed by Georges Méliès and assisted by his brother Gaston.
  • The Great Train Robbery

    The Great Train Robbery
    The film was an American Western film at approx 10 minutes long, shot on one-reel, containing 14 scenes. Cross-cuts were a new, sophisticated editing technique, first developed within this film. The film uses simple editing and the story is almost linear, but it represents a significant step, being one of the first "narrative" films of significant length.
  • Charlie Chaplin

    Charlie Chaplin
    He was an English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his work during the silent film era. Mime, slapstick and other visual comedy routines were used by Chaplin, continuing well into the talkies era. However his films decreased from the end of the 1920s.
  • Laurel and Hardy

    Laurel and Hardy
    Pick a start short film In 1914, Hardy acted in his first film - Outwitting Dad. 1914-916 Hardy made 177 shorts with Vim Comedy, which were released up to 1917. It was when he became a member of Hal Roach's stock company, that he began working regularly with Laurel.They first worked together on the silent film; The Lucky Dog, which was produced in 1919, and released in 1921. They started appearing in shorts together in 1926 and after collaborating on many films their sucess spread and they became feature film stars
  • Luis Bunuel

    Luis Bunuel
    Bunuel was a film director in Mexico and was part of the surreast moveement. He collaborated with Salvador Dali for his first flm: Un Chien Andalou.
  • Un Chien Andalou- Bunel first film

    Un Chien Andalou- Bunel first film
    The first film Buñuel co-wrote and directed was a 16-minute short film, Un chien andalou. This film – which features a series of startling and sometimes horrifying images of Freudian nature – was enthusiastically received by the burgeoning French Surrealist movement of the time, and continues to be shown regularly in film societies to this day.Prior to this he worked as a director's assistant on the films; mauprat, La Sirène des Tropiques and La chute de la maison Usher.
  • Louis Le Prince

    Louis Le Prince
    first moving picture Louis Le Prince is an inventor who shot the first moving picture on paper film using a single lens camera
  • Short film festivals

    Short film festivals
    Short film festivals are crutial for new or well known directors for their work to be noticed. They show a presentation of films in a usually a complex of cinemas for large audiences, normally in the same placeShort film festivals are held all over the world in locations such as London and LA. Raindance is a well known festival nationally for film and has offices in cities globally. The first major film festival was in Venice 6-21 August 1932 and still take place today.
  • Ridley scott

    Ridley scott
    First short filmRidley Scott (Nov 1937-present) is an English film director and producer. His film career which has spanned many years, from 1977 to present. His talent has been appreciated and recognised with some of his achievements including being knighted in 2003 and also having a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Success runs through his family as his older brother is the film director Tony Scott. Ridley Scott's well known short films include Boy and Bicycle (2007) and Parallel Lines (2010).
  • Fracois Truffaut

    Fracois Truffaut
    400 blowsFrançois Roland Truffaut was an influential filmmaker and film critic, one of the founders of the French New Wave. In a film career lasting over a quarter of a century, he remains an icon of the French film industry.
  • French New Wave

    French New Wave
    An example of European art cinema, The New Wave was a blanket term coined by critics for a group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s, influenced by Italian Neorealism and classical Hollywood cinema.
    Many also engaged in their work with the social and political upheavals of the era, making radical experiments with editing, visual style and narrative.
  • Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton

    Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton
    Christopher Nolan has directed big Hollywood thrillers such as Memento & Inception. He has also produced some well known short films. Tim Burton is well known for his origional and vibrant films like Sweeny Todd & Alice and Wonderland. He also creates animations such as The Corpse Bride and The NIghtmare Before Christmas.
  • Pixar

    Pixar began in 1979, as the graphics group, part of the computer division of Lucasfilm, before it became a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, being bought by the company in 2006. it is best known for its CGI-animated feature films which are created with PhotoRealistic RenderMan, its own animation software , an implementation of the industry-standard RenderMan image-rendering API used to generate high-quality images.
  • Ashvin Kumar

    Ashvin Kumar
    Kumar's first film was a short film 48 minutes long, most of his filmography consists of short films. Alot of his work has created controversy with the Indian Censor Board. In terms of international success he has only ever been nominated once for an Oscar for his short films.
  • Youtube

    Founded in 2005, Youtube paved the way for the online media domination. Being the one of the portals for broadcasting your work, amateur film makers across the globe began to use Youtube to create an image and a reputation. Even today, Youtube has grown essentially into a site full of advertiements - Once a short film is published onto the site millions can publicly view the content, quickly and cheaply creating mass social awareness and popularity in some cases.