Essay on Eadweard Muybridge Made An Extraordinary Observation

1533 Words Sep 18th, 2015 7 Pages
In 1878, Eadweard Muybridge made an extraordinary observation. After taking a series of photos of a horse at a quick speed, he recognized that when flipped through quickly, it looked as if a horse were running. This was the beginning of something revolutionary. This was the beginning of the motion picture. In the years after this discovery, the motion picture began to take flight. Muybridge projected images taken with his Zoöpraxiscope, Thomas Edison bought and built upon the Kinetoscope, and the Lumiére brothers created the Cinematographe. In just a few decades, the film industry exploded with new concepts and ideas being built upon constantly. From the first movies by Thomas Edison, to The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), the techniques, the styles, and the stories of cinema during the silent era evolved at a rate unlike any other period in film. The first movies were simple. Known as The Great Primitives, the first movies did not offer much more than a single shot, documenting something happening. Thomas Edison was at the forefront of these films, producing many one-minute shorts. Sandow Flexing His Muscles (1894), is one of the first. This film simply showed the strongman Eugen Sandow flexing his muscles for the camera. This film, along with Edison’s other films, was shot in Edison’s Black Maria. The Black Maria was the first film studio, featuring a retractable roof that was purposed to let a single light source in—the sun. Because the sun was the only…

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