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Kinetoscope parlor. Photo Courtesy from the American Society of Cinematographers.

“1888-1909”- The Kinetoscope

          Thomas Edison and his employee, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, were credited for making many new inventions in filmmaking during this era. They created both the kinetoscope and the kinetograph. The kinetoscope was a four-foot-high box that played film reels on a loop.[1] The viewers paid a nickel to watch a film through the box’s lens peephole. [2] The kinetograph was the first film camera, which used 35mm film. Both Edison and Dickinson created many films, using the kinetograph, at Edison’s studio in West Orange, New Jersey. [3]  These films include Dickson Greeting, Men Boxing, Duncan Smoking, and many other shorts.[4] However, the films were only shown at exclusive events. For example, Dickinson Greeting, which was filmed in 1891, was only shown to members of The Women’s Club of America.[5]

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Industry Roundup Week of May 31

Top TV/Film on Netflix (As of June 4, 2020)

  1. Space Force
  2. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
  3. Fuller House
  4. Sweet Magnolias
  5. Avatar: The Last Airbender
  6. The Help
  7. The Healer
  8. Clueless
  9. Uncut Gems
  10. Riverdale

AMC said that it has “substantial doubt” that it will survive after the economy reopens.

During an announcement to its shareholders, AMC said that they have “substantial doubt… about [their] ability to continue.” Furthermore, they announced a net loss between $2.12 and $2.42 billion for their first quarter. To read more, click here

List of films premiering at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival revealed.

The Cannes Film Festival was originally supposed to take place between May 12-23 but was pushed back due to COVID-19. However, the festival finally announced what films are set to premiere this year. Some of the films include the newest Wes Anderson’s film “The French Dispatch”, Pixar’s “Souls” and Studio Ghilbi’s “Aya To Major (Earwig and the Witch).” To read more, click here

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HBO Max and why it poses a threat

          Nowadays, it seems like streaming services are appearing everywhere. Disney released its service late last year and NBC is planning to release its service, called Peacock, this July. All these services range in quality, content, and especially price. Peacock is offering two versions of their service; a premium version and a free ad-based version. However, free members are not allowed access to the full NBC catalog. Disney’s service, which is called Disney Plus, offers Disney’s complete catalog including all the Marvel and Pixar films. Furthermore, their acquisition of Fox means Fox’s properties are on Disney Plus as well. The question now is whether HBO Max poses a threat to these streaming services.

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“1888-1909”- The First Film

         When it comes to the first film, one image comes into the minds of many. The Galloping Horse or The Horse in Motion. These iconic images were one of a series of photographs shot by Eadward Muybridge. In 1872, the governor of California, Leland Stanford hired Muybridge, a famous photographer known for his photos of California, to settle a $25,000 bet about how horses stride. Stanford argued that horses stride with all four feet off the ground at full speed. [1]

Photo Courtesy from the Library of Congress.


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Welcome to the Blog

Hello there! My name is Marshall Edwards and welcome to my blog. The purpose of this blog is to discuss all things film and media. This includes talking about the history of film, rising trends in the industry, new technologies, and much more.

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