Edwin S. Porter
Aug14

Edwin S. Porter

Edwin S. Porter is best known as the director of The Great Train Robbery (1903). Though short by today’s standards, the film was, at the time, an epic. It was the first western, the first movie about criminals, and is also widely considered the first violent movie.   From a filmmaking standpoint, Porter was pivotal in his use of camera work. He was the first filmmaker to experiment in a significant way with varying the...

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George Melies
Aug14

George Melies

George Melies was a French magician and theater owner who saw an early Lumiere expo and instantly became intrigued with the new medium. After the Lumiere’s refused to sell him a camera, he built his own, and began experimenting with what the technology could do. In 1896, Melies opened the first public theater in the world to regularly show movies.   As a filmmaker he became the first person to tell real stories (beyond the simple...

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A Brief History of the Film Industry
Aug11

A Brief History of the Film Industry

In 1895 when the Lumiere Brothers first exhibited projected film in a Parisian cafe, they thought their new invention was a gimmick that would die in a few short years. They did not anticipate the creativity with which their successor would expand upon their work.   The majority of the Lumiere’s films were very simplistic by today’s standards. They were actualities, recording everyday commonplace things, or they were girls...

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Disney: 32 Cool Facts
Sep16

Disney: 32 Cool Facts

Today we’re excited to bring you our first video and official post! 32 fun and interesting facts about the inspirational, the magical Walt Disney himself! (And the company he founded.) Without further ado, Disney, ladies and gentlemen:     Walt Disney got his start making short animated videos for particular movie theaters. Walt Disney’s first big success came in 1927 with the creation of his character Oswald the...

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