History of Film

  • It Started with a Bet...

    Eadweard Muybridge was paid $25,000 by the governor of California, Leland Stanford to see if a horse had all four feet off the ground in the middle of a stride. He used a zoopraxiscope to take the quick images for his bet, which was proven due to the split second image of the horse being off of the ground. Stanford won the bet, and Muybridge was paid with the governor's bet money, and this was how moving pictures came about.
  • Kodak

    Inventor George Eastman invents the Kodak Camera and introduces it to the public.
  • Basis of Film

    George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak Camera, creates the transparent film base used in moving cameras at the time.
  • FIrst Movie Camera

    Thomas Edison, the credited inventor of the lightbulb, develops the Kinetoscope with W. K. Dickinson. The kinectoscope is a device in which film is moved past a light. It is the first camera to take moving pictures.
  • Credits

    Credits begin to be shown at the beginning of films to show who made the video possible.
  • Speak

    The Warner Bros, 'Jazz Singer 'introduces the first spoken words in a film
  • First Film with Sound

    Walt Disney's "Steamboat Mickey" is released as a short film, and is the first film to have sychronized sound
  • Drive In

    The first drive-in theater opens in New Jersey.
  • Were off to see the Wizard...

    "The Wizard of Oz" is released as the first film to have full color, using a technicolor process by using three strips of film compacted together for the finished product.
  • VHS

    The first VHS Recorder is released to the public, being able to sell film on tape, much like the tape recorder wih video on the track.
  • Star Wars

    Geroge Lucas creates Star Wars, one of the first films to successfully use stopmotion and live acting to get the finished product. This eventually led to two sequels, three prequels, four TV shows, and multiple book series
  • Jurassic Park

    As of 1993, only a few movies have officially used photorealistic CGI (Computer Generated Images) , with "The Abyss" in 1989, and "Young Sherlock Holmes" in 1985. But when Steven Spielberg wanted to create Michael Crichton's 1989 cterror classic into a film, he wanted to use CGI for a significant amount of screen time, longer than the few seconds in the '80s classics metioned before. This being said, Jurassic Park was the first movie to successfully merge live action animatronics and CGI.
  • Avatar

    James Cameron's "Avatar" becomes the world's highest grossing film ever, recieving nearly $2.8 billion dollars in revenue