Film SL Timeline

  • First Published Photograph

    First Published Photograph
    In 1827, the first documented photograph was taken by frenchman Nicephore Niepce, who used a cmaera obscura and a chemically treated pewter plate to caputre the view from his workroom window. The exposure time (to get to the final product) was of 8 hours, which is why in the picture one can even see shadows from both sides of the building.
  • Georges Méliès is Born

    Georges Méliès is Born
    Georges Méliès, cinema (sci-fi) pioneer and magician, is born on this day, only to make about 400 films and to create break-through methods of SFX, ones that were very advanced for the time.
  • Muybridge Sequential Photography

    Muybridge Sequential Photography
    Both these instances of Sequential Photography by Eadweard Muybridge are entitled Animal Locomotion, and they both feature humans. The first one, from 1877, merely features a man sprinting, both from forwards as from sideways, a good way to study the human body when sprinting or doing exercise. The second one, from 1887, features a man jumping behind another man, then jumping over his head, and ending on the other side. This one, too, was photographed from forward and from sideways, and is also
  • Muybridge Sequential Photography

    Muybridge Sequential Photography
    Both these instances of Sequential Photography by Eadweard Muybridge are entitled Animal Locomotion, and they both feature humans. The first one, from 1877, merely features a man sprinting, both from forwards as from sideways, a good way to study the human body when sprinting or doing exercise. The second one, from 1887, features a man jumping behind another man, then jumping over his head, and ending on the other side. This one, too, was photographed from forward and from sideways, and is also
  • Edison Kinetoscope Still

    Edison Kinetoscope Still
  • Edison Kinetoscope Still

    Edison Kinetoscope Still
  • Lumiere First Films Still

    Lumiere First Films Still
  • Lumiere First Films Still

    Lumiere First Films Still
  • Lumiere First Films Still

    Lumiere First Films Still
  • Edison Kinetoscope Still

    Edison Kinetoscope Still
  • Sergei Eisenstein

    Sergei Eisenstein
    Sergei Eisenstein, godfather of editing and Russian film theorist, is born on this date.
  • Brownie

    Brownie
    Brownie, one of the first film cameras, was invented.
  • La Voyage Dans La Lune (Trip to the Moon)

    La Voyage Dans La Lune (Trip to the Moon)
    Georges Méliès visionary film is released, one that is considered to be of the first science fiction films in the world.
  • Kuleshov Effect

    Kuleshov Effect
    Lev Kuleshov determined that if there are two shots, one of a subject, and one of a subject reacting, the meaning of the scene can be completely altered if the shot between those two is different.
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities
    Released by Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patent Company before it was closed in 1915 by the American Department of Justice.
  • Battleship Potemkin

    Battleship Potemkin
    Sergei Eisenstein's (godfather of editing) film, the one that originated the Odessa Steps, and one that experimented with editing and its effect on audiences.
  • Strike

    Strike
    Sergei Eisenstein's film (which illustrates Soviet montage) Strike is released.
  • Mother

    Mother
    Vselelod Pudovkin's dramatic film, name Mother, was released. Pudovkin was one of Kuleshov's students, and he believed that film acting should be more subtle than stage acting.
  • The General

    The General
    Buster Keaton's "The General" was released, at the end of the silent film era.
  • Metropolis

    Metropolis
    The German Expressionist film Metropolis was released, which told of a man seeking a utopian ideal while ignoring the suffering workers that made the utopia possible. It was Germany's most expensive film (at the time) and features beautiful and grand visuals even for today's standards.
  • End of the General Silent Era

    End of the General Silent Era
    By this time, most American studios announced that they would only do "talkies" from then on.
  • King Kong

    King Kong
    King Kong was released in the Studio System area, and was a great commercial (as well as critical) success.
  • Modern Times

    Modern Times
    Despite the supposed end of the Silent Era, Charlie Chaplin proceeded in making silent films that ended up being critically acclaimed. Modern Times came out 8 years after American studios had mostly announced they would only do "talkies".
  • Star Wars

    Star Wars
    The iconic blockbuster that revolutionized the science fiction genre premiered on this day, also featuring a prime example of Joseph Cambell's Heroes' Journey.
  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now
    Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was released, a film that depicted the Vietnam War and the toll it took on the soldiers who were in it. The film features elements of German Expressionism, notoriously near the end, where distorted shadows and psychedelic image compositions are prevalent.
  • The Untouchables

    The Untouchables
    Brian de Palma's The Untouchables is released, a film about Al Capone that features a tribute to the Odessa Steps.
  • My First Documented Photograph

    My First Documented Photograph
    My first photograph (that my family knows of) was taken during my first summer , and is actually a rather terrifying photograph.
  • The Polar Express

    The Polar Express
    First movie I watched in the cinema (or at least the first one I recall watching).
  • The Social Network

    The Social Network
    David Fincher's The Social Network is my favorite blockbuster, a film that ended up being both critically acclaimed and a box office success.
  • My Thaumatrope

    My Thaumatrope
    My thaumatrope features a man being scared by a ghost.
  • My Thaumotrope

    My Thaumotrope
    My thaumatrope features a man being scared by a ghost.
  • Persistence of Vision Toys

    Persistence of Vision Toys
    The first image shows a clock that shows time due to persistence of vision. The second image shows a persistence of vision toy that simulates motion in a spinning sort of pan.
  • Persistence of Vision Toys

    Persistence of Vision Toys
    The first image shows a clock that shows time due to persistence of vision. The second image shows a persistence of vision toy that simulates motion in a spinning sort of pan.