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Stereoscopic Cinema & the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838–1952$
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Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124612

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124612.001.0001

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Motion Pictures Begin

Motion Pictures Begin

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Stereoscopic Cinema & the Origins of 3-D Film, 1838–1952

Ray Zone

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses how motion pictures began and looks at inventions and contributions by important individuals to the development of motion pictures. It starts with an account of Eadwear Muybrige's attempts to place still stereo photographs in the proper order to convey motion. Muybridge also produced a series of stereo panoramas of San Francisco and Guatemala, which are the forerunners to the cinematic experience. Etienne-Jules Marey invented a chronophotographic gun that could record rapid exposures on a rotating glass plate, while Thomas Edison perfected his phonograph in November 1877.

Keywords:   motion pictures, development, Eadwear Muybridge, stereo photographs, stereo panoramas, cinematic experience, Etienne-Jules Marey, chronophotographic gun, Thomas Edison, phonograph

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