A brief chronology of the beginnings of cinema, making clear it wasn’t about any one invention. … More WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? A mini chronology of the start of cinema
No, the Lumière brothers didn’t invent cinema. So what did they do? … More What Did The Lumière Brothers Ever Do For Us?
At the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, Friese-Greene sees something that may be a game changer – for him and Le Prince … More The Celluloid Dreams of Louis Le Prince (and William Friese-Greene) Part 2
Louis Le Prince: the forgotten inventor who’s impossible to forget. But did he shoot on celluloid? … More The Celluloid Dreams of Louis Le Prince – Part 1
The forgotten and erased story of the real beginning of cinema. Part2: The first film show. … More Happy 125th Birthday, Cinema! Part 2
The forgotten and erased story of the real beginning of cinema. Part 1: the team assembles. … More Happy 125th Birthday, Cinema! Part 1
Years before H.G. Wells introduced us to his time traveller and marauding Martians, another writer was predicting what science might bring us in the future, for good or for ill. Once read on both sides of the Atlantic, he’s now all but forgotten. His name was Robert Duncan Milne and he was seeing moving pictures before there was even a strip of celluloid. … More Sci-Fi Movies Before Celluloid
New research has revealed the first advertising film in the world, seen in London in 1896. … More WAS THIS THE FIRST COMMERCIAL EVER MADE?!
“When are you going to get to the point?” is an entirely justifiable cry to escape from you, my dear, (im)patient reader. Well, I have been working on something rather special, just for you. So I hope it will seem worth the wait. To quickly recap the story so far and what we know: Between … More That Eureka Moment – 5
To some it would have been the most boring place in the world, but to me it was Aladdin’s Cave. It was March 1996 and I was in the deepest, dimly-lit reaches of the astonishingly extensive archives of the Cinémathèque Française. My guide down these subterranean corridors of cinematic archaeology was the relatively recently-appointed new … More That Eureka Moment – 4