133 Years of Film: 1878 – Sallie Gardner

Thanks to the MAMO guys and their getting me to finally check out Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And Rock ‘N Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. I have started to become even more interested in older films. The book focuses on the late 60s and 70s but thinking about the films from that generation made me start thinking about all the films from other generations that I have been negligent in discovering. My plan is to slowly rectify this by going year by year and picking one film which I have not seen and slowly over time watching it and then writing about it here on Row Three. This will not be a daily nor perhaps even weekly journey but as time permits I will visit each year in turn. Over the first few posts there will be some skipping of years up until the point when film was used to make movies.

On June 19th, 1878 at a Palo Alto Farm in California a horse by the name of Sallie Gardner was “filmed” using 24 stereoscopic cameras. Each of the cameras were lined up parallel to the path of a running horse. As the horse passed by each camera it hit trip wires which set the camera off. The moving film was done as an experiment and the film was shown using a device called the zoopraxiscope. The zoopraxiscope projected images from a rotating glass disk which basically used the stop motion technique of filming but with multiple cameras. This is not the first moving image but it seems like a good place to start, for the next film we are going to jump to 1888.

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Great idea for a series, John! I look forward to finding out what you get to see by doing this.

David Brook

This should prove to be quite a fascinating series. It should kick up plenty of debates too on what to watch next, especially later on.

Jandy Stone

1894 – The Butterfly Dance

1895 – The Sprayer Sprayed

1902 – A Trip to the Moon

1903 – The Great Train Robbery

Oh, you said you were set through 1907. 🙂 Between 1903 and 1915, I haven't seen much.