A short history

The earliest forms of movie making started in 1877 over a bet to whether a horse lifted all four of its legs up into the air while it was running. A photographer named Edward Muybridge set up a camera to take pictures fast enough to capture the jump. A painter named Jean Louis Meissonier took these photographs and put them into a spinning disc where viewers would see frame by frame to create moving pictures.

One of the first full length movies that featured an actual story was “The Great Train Robbery” in 1903. This film was created by Edwin S. Porter. This film was one of the first films to have editing techniques,

Sound was introduced into films with the “Jazz Singer” in 1927. These films were known as “talkies.” As movies with sound gained popularity, silent film stars started falling out from Hollywood. A studio system formed.

Along with the end of silent film stars, the popularity of movie making took over theatres. Movie making developed into the invention of television, and now cameramen found jobs doing motion pictures, television programs, news programs, and documentaries.

As movie making developed through time, many different countries focused on different styles. Early cinema in the United States cinema was filled with lavish musicals and epic war films.

German film had a unique style referred to as “German Expressionism,” and this was filled with landmark films like “Nosferatu,”

France was also experimental in film, having characters talk directly into the camera, doing movies with hidden meanings and changing stereotypes that could be seen in American films.

Movie making has now developed into the digital age. Professional filmmakers are making movies in a whole new way, and independent films have risen to popularity. Using cheap digital cameras that still provide high quality images have spread the growth of internet filmmaking.

Original Title: L’Arrivée d’un Train à la Ciotat
Directors: Auguste and Louis Lumière
Year: 1895

Here is the  first public exhibition of motion pictures that was shown on 28th December 1895 when August Lumière and Louis Lumière showed a selection of ten of their single-reel films to a paying audience at a Parisian cafe. ‘Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat’ is considered to be the first motion picture in modern history. People say that, when this film was shown, the first-night audience fled the cafe in terror, because they were afraid of being run over by the “approaching” train.



“History of Movie Making” by Alan Donahue on Ehow.


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