Here Are 9 Of The Earliest Films Ever Made In History. #4 Is A Must-Watch!

By | August 28, 2015

Back in the 1880s, people experimented with photographs, stitching them together to produce the illusion of a moving picture. So how the movie industry became the giant that it is today is all thanks to them.

Whether you're cineaste or just a regular movie junkie, you'll sure enjoy this collection of the earliest films ever made.

1. First film ever made, 1878
The Horse in Motion was successfully filmed in 1878 by English photographer, Edward Muybridge. The series of photos were taken in Palo Alto, California using multiple cameras. The snapshots were assembled to create a single motion picture. It was considered one the earliest forms of videography.

Fun fact: The movie was made to answer the question: "Are all four of a horse’s hooves ever off the ground at the exact same time while the horse is galloping?".

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2. Earliest celluloid film, 1888
Shot by Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince and filmed in 1888, the Roundhay Garden Scene is the earliest celluloid film.

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In 1893, inventor Thomas Edison built the first movie studio, the Black Maria, which made nearly 1,200 films, some of which captured the first of its kind scenes in film.

3. Earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture, 1894
When Thomas Edison finished his Kinetograph, he looked for a model to test it out. Fred Ott, one of Edison's worker became the perfect choice. The short film was called "Fred Ott's Sneeze" and is the earliest known surviving copyrighted motion picture.

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4. First cat video, 1894
Filmed on July 1984 in Edison’s Black Maria studio, this is easily my favorite cat video. I mean, two cats in a boxing match with gloves and a boxing ring?

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5. First recording of American Indians with a motion picture camera, 1895
Edison's team was the very first to film one of the Sioux Tribe's most peculiar customs. The dancers in the film are genuine Sioux Indians wearing war costumes and full war paint. This was their first appearance before a motion picture camera.

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6. First hand-tinted motion picture, 1895
The Annabelle Serpentine Dance is the first hand-tinted movie featuring a young dancer from Broadway, Anabelle Moore.

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7. The first kiss for the movie cameras, 1896
In 1896, the Edison Company purchased the rights to the "Vitascope", a motion picture projector. On its first year, the projector was used to capture the first kiss on cam. The film featured May Irwin and John C. Rice.

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8. First ball game on film, 1898
In 1898, Edison filmed the (possibly) first video ever of America's favorite pastime, the Ball Game motion picture.

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9. First automobile parade, 1899
Recorded here is the first annual automobile parade in downtown Manhattan, November 4, 1899.

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