The Great Pioneers Of Film History Essay

1624 Words Sep 17th, 2015 7 Pages
A train barreling straight for you, with no intentions to stop would certainly cause you to panic. An audience experienced this while watching the Lumière brothers Arriva of a Train at La Ciotat (1896) in France. These new moving images amazed audiences all over the world. Thanks to Thomas Edison, Georges Méliès and the Lumière brothers, the great pioneers of film history. Silent films used camera effects, music, lighting, staging of props and the actor’s body language as a medium to create a universal language that communicated to people intellectually and emotionally.
A collection of Thomas Edison, Georges Méliès and the Lumière brother’s short films in the movie The Great Primitives (1894-1950) showcased the beginnings of cinematography. The Lumière brothers invented the very first sophisticated “Cinematograph” which was a camera and projector in one. With the cinematograph the Lumière brothers were able to successfully project images off a wall. In 1895 the Lumière brothers screened Workers leaving the Lumière Factory (1895) and other short films to an audience at the Grand Café in Paris. According to Wheeler Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster Thomas Edison tried to create his own cinematograph, he called it a “Kinetoscope”, yet it didn’t compare to the cinematograph (8). Edison’s Kinetoscope could only project the film to one person at a time, while the Cinematograph projected films to crowds.
The Lumière brothers filmed most of their work outside using natural…

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