The movie industry has come a long way in the past 100 years. Films are a very influential art form; whether they convey a groundbreaking idea or a simple film made just to entertain the audience, films are a very personal thing many people hold dear.
The Year was 1878. Photographer Eadweard Muybridge was experimenting with photographing moving objects and stringing the photographs together to create moving frames. Muybridge decided to set up cameras parallel to the racetrack of a horse. The shutters on the camera were attached to the horse’s hooves and were triggered each time the horse moved. The result was a 12 frame, 20 second animation of a horse galloping called The Horse in Motion. This piece of work was groundbreaking; soon many other photographers produced pieces similar to this.
By 1888, competitors are trying to develop motion cameras to capture movement instead of taking stills. Louis Le Prince, a French inventor, shot the first motion picture called Roundhay Garden Scene. The footage only lasts for 3 seconds, but the impact is monumental. It is the oldest surviving film on record. The creation of this film leads to many other experiments by film makers trying to achieve the same thing.
Monkeyshines No.1 was the first movie shot in the U.S using a continuous strip of film. The purpose of the film was only to be used as a test; not for commercial purposes. The film includes co-workers of Edison fooling around. Two similar sequels were released as well
All this leads up to the world’s first feature length film, entitled The Story of the Kelly Gang. It was produced in Australia in 1906. The movie lasts 70 minutes and documents the infamous outlaw Ned Kelly.
There are still two major things missing from movies; sound and color. As time goes on, movie-makers are trying to produce non-silent movies. The first “talkie” movie to be introduced was The Jazz Singer. This groundbreaking release starts the decline of silent films.
With the addition of “talkie” films, many people wanted full films in color too. The first full length color film was actually a silent film called Cupid Angling. In 1929, Warner Brothers produced On With the Show!, the first full length color and talking film.
The rest follows. For the next 100 years, film makers all over the world create movies to entertain audiences around the globe, and it all started with a 20 second, 12 frame motion of a horse running.