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.

Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920). Production Design by Walter Reimann, Walter Röhrig, Hermann Warm.

Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920). Production Design by Walter Reimann, Walter Röhrig, Hermann Warm.

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).

Edison Studios, circa 1907–1914 (Bronx, NY). A silent film studio in action - relatively simple, three-sided sets could be built side by side to make maximum use of the space, with two or more films shooting simultaneously.

Edison Studios, circa 1907–1914 (Bronx, NY). A silent film studio in action - relatively simple, three-sided sets could be built side by side to make maximum use of the space, with two or more films shooting simultaneously.

1915 Alice silent film, directed and written by W.W. Young and starring Viola Savoy as Alice.

1915 Alice silent film, directed and written by W.W. Young and starring Viola Savoy as Alice.

This is the Black Maria, the first motion picture studio constructed  by Thomas A. Edison, in 1893. It was placed on wheels in order to turn it so that the sunlight was in the necessary parts of the camera.

This is the Black Maria, the first motion picture studio constructed by Thomas A. Edison, in 1893. It was placed on wheels in order to turn it so that the sunlight was in the necessary parts of the camera.

1st Film Edit - The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) - Alfred Clark | Thomas Edison

1st Film Edit - The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) - Alfred Clark | Thomas Edison

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

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