Film History

Timeline created by Gabriel J.
In Film
  • Limelight Department

    Limelight Department
    The Limelight Department, the world's first film studio was established in Melbourne, Australia. It produced the first feature-length film and documentary in the world.
  • The Lumiere Brothers

    The Lumiere Brothers
    At the Paris World's Fair, The Lumiere Brothers projected Cinematograph films onto a giant screen visible to more than an audience of 20,000.
  • Vitagraph's star: John Bunny

    Vitagraph's star: John Bunny
    Filmdom's first major comedy star of the silent film era, John Bunny, made his film debut in Vitagraph's "Jack Fat and Jim Slim at Coney Island".
  • Oscar Micheaux

    Oscar Micheaux
    Black filmmaker Oscer Micheaux was the first African-American to produce and direct a motion picture feature film with films "Within our Gates" and "The Homesteader" (lost film).
  • Ub Iwerks

    Ub Iwerks
    An ex- Disney employee, Ub Iwerks first animated film "Fiddlesticks" was the first complete sound cartoon to be shot in two-strip Technicolor.
  • Fantasia

    Disney's "Fantasia" film was given a special certificate at the 1941 Academy Awards for its revolutionary Fantasound. It had a "stereo-like", multi-channel soundtrack.
  • King's Solomon's Mines

    King's Solomon's Mines
    King's Solomon's Mines was the first MGM and Hollywood film in the talkie era made without a studio musical score or soundtrack. It used only African music and was shot on locations of Africa.
  • Flower Drum Song

    Flower Drum Song
    Henry Koster's musical "Flower Drum Song", the movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical, was the first Hollywood movie to have Asian Americans as leads.
  • "Love Story"

    "Love Story"
    "Love Story", directed by Arthur Hiller and made from Eric Segal's screenplay and thin novel, was the first modern romance film blockbuster.
  • "Friday the 13th"

    "Friday the 13th"
    This film was the first segment in one of the longest running, successful horror film series of all time. One of the first splatter-films to be picked by major studio as a franchise.
  • RoboCop 2

    RoboCop 2
    Showed the first use of real-time computer graphics (aka digital puppetry) to create a character's face. Given an example in the movie, facial movements were controlled by a computer operator, in real-time.
  • "Vidocq"

    Director Pitof's "Vidocq" was the world's first feature film shot entirely on Hi-Def digital video. Was shot using a Sony HD-CAM 24P1 high-defintion digital camera.