The History of Film

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  • Phenakistoscope was introduced

    Phenakistoscope was introduced
    A optiacal toy that is a cardboard disk with slots around edges spun on an axel in front of a mirror.
  • Zoetrope was invented

    Zoetrope was invented
    Video of a zoetrope spinning A cylindrical optical toy that spins to show motion
  • Leland Stanford's Bet

    Leland Stanford's Bet
    Leland Stanford, the California governor in 1878, placed a bet of $25,000 that all 4 hooves of a horse come off the ground at once.
  • zoopraxiscope

    zoopraxiscope
    Eadward Muybridge invented the zoopraxiscope, a glass disc with paintings etched into it projected onto a distant surface.
  • First hand-held box camera

    First hand-held box camera
    George Eastman introduced the first hand-held box camera that anyone could carry around with a roll of transparent film and take pictures.
  • Kinetoscope Invented

    Kinetoscope Invented
    The Kinetoscope was the predecessor to the projector. People dropped in a penny and cranked through the film view finder to watch a twenty second film made out of a continuous film loop.
  • Black Maria

    Black Maria
    Black Maria was the first motion picture studio built. It was a blackpaper shed with a roof that opened to the sky to develop film. The studio was built by Edison and W.K.L Dickson near Edison's New Jersey lab.
  • Fred Ott’s Sneeze

    Fred Ott’s Sneeze
  • First kinetoscope parlor

    First kinetoscope parlor
    The first Kinetoscope parlor opened in New York in 1894 and was highly profitable for about two years before technology advanced.
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    Beginning of the Novelty period of cinema

  • The world’s first public film screening

    The world’s first public film screening
    The Lumiere brothers held the world’s first public film screening in the basement lounge of the Grand Cafe in PAris, showing 10 short films that lasted only 20 minutes in total.
  • A Trip to The Moon

    A Trip to The Moon
    A French movie where a group of men travel to the moon by being shot in a capsule from a giant cannon. They are captured by moon-men, escape, and return to the earth.
  • The Great Train Robbery

    The Great Train Robbery
    The Great Train Robbery is among the earliest existing films in American cinema. It is notable as the first film that presented a narrative story to tell, depicting a group of cowboy outlaws who hold up a train and rob the passengers. They are then pursued by a Sheriff's posse. Several scenes have color included which were all hand tinted.
  • Character psychology motivated actions in cinema

    Character psychology motivated actions in cinema
    After 1907 character's were less slapstick
  • Nickelodeons became the main form of exhibition

    Nickelodeons became the main form of exhibition
  • Division of labor began in film making

    Division of labor began in film making