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History of Film

  • Daguerreotype

    Louis J. M. Daguerre, a French chemist and artist with help from Joseph-Nicephore Niépce creates the Daguerreotype camera. The camera used ionzed silver to coat copper platesnand mecury to develop and image in half an hour;
  • Muybridge's The Horse in Motion

    Muybridge's The Horse in Motion
    Eadweard Muybridge was commissioned by Leland Stanford to take a series of pictures of a horse galloping for study. Putting together the pictures to make a motion sereies.
  • Zoopraxiscope

    Created by Eadweard Muybridge, it wasthe first movie projector. It projected light through glass disks that when moved rapidly would give the illusion of motion.
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    The Silent Film Era

    This was the start of film. During this time the playback of the films were often unnatural as cameras had to be cranked to take pictures. There was often overdramatic acting to make up for the lack of sound. Sometimes dilaog cards were added. Charlie Caplin was one of the most popular actors at the time.
  • Kinetoscope

    Invented by Thomas Edison, the Kinetoscope showed motion pictures. A person would look into a small peephole where images would be moved rapidly over light to create the illusion of motion.
  • Kinetophone

    Thomas Edison created this device to go along with the Kinetoscope. Rubber ear tubes would be connected to the Kinetoscope and the Kinetophone that would allow the person to listen to the sound clip while watching along.
  • Special Effects

    Special Effects
    Alfred Clark created the first special effect in a movie when during a beheading scene, Clark had the camera roll on the actor just until the ax came down on her neck. After that she was replaced with a dummy which head was chopped off by the ax.
  • Cinematograph

    The Lumiere brother's present their device, the Cinematograph to audiences where the film Sortie de l'usine Lumière de Lyon was shown. The machine was able to be used as a motion camera, developer, and projector.
  • Filoscope

    Henry William Short starts selling Filoscopes which are flip books put into a metal case to help with the flipping.
  • Kinetograph

    Thomas Edison puts a patent on the Kinetograph, a motion picture camera.
  • Stereoscopics in Film

    Stereoscopics in Film
    William Friese-Greene used Stereoscopic devices for the first time in a film. He projected two images on a screen while the audience wore Stereoscopy glasses.
  • First Movie Theater

    First Movie Theater
    In Pittsburgh, the Nickelodean was opened. Soon many more theaters would spread across the United States and the world where people could see films any time of the day.
  • Vitaphone

    Made by Warnobros that was used as a sound system for film.
  • The Jazz Singer

    The Jazz Singer
    The first film with sound.
  • Vladimir Kosma Zworykin's TV

    Vladimir Kosma Zworykin's TV
    Vladimir Kosma Zworykin improved the cathode ray tube on TV displays and created one of the first modern TVs. His television brought movies into the homes of many.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Produced by Walt Disney, it was the first feature film in color.
  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane
    In the film Citizen Kane, Orsen Welles
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    Golden Era of 3D

    During this time 3D glasses were polarized which allowed for full color 3D movies.
  • Smell-O-Vision

    Created by Hans Luabe, the machine allowed for odors to be put into the threater as a movie was playing. Its only major appearance was in the 1960 film, Scent of Mystery.
  • Rating System

    Rating System
    The Rating System used today ( G, PG, R and X) was implimented. This helped people to decide approprate matrial for diffrent ages to watch.
  • Industrial Light and Magic

    Industrial Light and Magic
    First started by George Lucas when he began producing for Star Wars. The company created special effects on a new level never seen before.
  • Odorama

    John Walter's created a version of the movie Polyester which came with scratch and sniff sheets would allow the watcher to smell what was happening in the scene when the corresponding symbol appeared on the edge of the screen.
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    3D Rebirth

    Starting with We Are Born of Stars, IMAX emphasized with better 3D rendition. They were tuned so that eye strained is reduced.
  • Digital Movies

    Digital Movies
    Julia and Julia was the first movies to be shot on digital cameras.
  • Titanic

    The most exspensive movie of all time as well as the highest grossing film.