The Black Maria - America's 1st movie studio, constructed for Thomas Edison in West Orange, New Jersey.

The Black Maria - America's 1st movie studio, constructed for Thomas Edison in West Orange, New Jersey.

Thomas Edison's "Black Maria" movie studio, March 1894.

Thomas Edison's "Black Maria" movie studio, March 1894.

1st Censorsed Film (Banned) - The Dreyfus Affair (1899) [L'affaire Dreyfus] - George Melies

1st Censorsed Film (Banned) - The Dreyfus Affair (1899) [L'affaire Dreyfus] - George Melies

After the Ball (1897) - Georges Méliès | Considered the 1st "Adult" movie, After the Ball features a maid assisting a woman (Jeanne d'Alcy, who would later become the wife of Melies).

After the Ball (1897) - Georges Méliès | Considered the 1st "Adult" movie, After the Ball features a maid assisting a woman (Jeanne d'Alcy, who would later become the wife of Melies).

The 1919 German horror classic, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari".

The 1919 German horror classic, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari".

1st Comedy Movie - The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895) [aka L'arroseur arrosé] - Louis Lumiere

1st Comedy Movie - The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895) [aka L'arroseur arrosé] - Louis Lumiere

The Bell & Howell all-metal camera, c. 1912. Bell & Howell became a significant contributor to the development of motion picture camera technology - especially in the direction of smaller, lighter, and consumer-friendly. Page through this brief slideshow on the history of motion picture cameras: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/digital/visual-effects/a-brief-history-of-the-movie-camera

The Bell & Howell all-metal camera, c. 1912. Bell & Howell became a significant contributor to the development of motion picture camera technology - especially in the direction of smaller, lighter, and consumer-friendly. Page through this brief slideshow on the history of motion picture cameras: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/digital/visual-effects/a-brief-history-of-the-movie-camera

1st Religious Movie - The Temptation of St. Anthony (1898) [La tentation de Saint-Antoine] - Georges Melies

1st Religious Movie - The Temptation of St. Anthony (1898) [La tentation de Saint-Antoine] - Georges Melies

1st Music Score in Film - Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894) - W.K.L. Dickson | Thomas Edison

1st Music Score in Film - Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894) - W.K.L. Dickson | Thomas Edison

Cinderella (1899) - Georges Melies | This oldest known film adaptation of Charles Perrault's 1697 fairy tale, Cendrillon, is also the first movie to utilize a dissolve transition between scenes. Méliès accomplished this by closing the lens aperture, rewinding the film, and then re-opening the aperture.

Cinderella (1899) - Georges Melies | This oldest known film adaptation of Charles Perrault's 1697 fairy tale, Cendrillon, is also the first movie to utilize a dissolve transition between scenes. Méliès accomplished this by closing the lens aperture, rewinding the film, and then re-opening the aperture.

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