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
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?!
Last Friday I got back to doing something I used to do 20 years ago: talking about William Friese-Greene in public. The occasion was the British Silent Film Symposium 2018 and the place was King’s College London. Almost as terrifying as finding myself in front of a roomful of early film history experts was using … More William Friese-Greene & The Art of Collaboration