Beginning near the beginning: It’s hard to understand the video and photography tools we use today without understanding where they came from. Perhaps Thomas Edison comes to mind, but can you name all his inventions? Here's a hint, he was alive from 1847 - 1931.
You have 5 min to research: the history of film and write down all the inventions, names, and dates that you can!
(Above images and timeline based on information and dates presented on http://www.earlycinema.com/timeline/)
The Beginnings of Cinema History of photographic recording of still and moving images.
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A zoetrope or praxinoscope is really just a short, 12-frame animation, that repeats over and over and over again. This might remind some of you of modern-day gif files.
Here's a public forum for submitting and sharing gif files:
Example of gif files made by students; downloading video files and Photoshoping gifs
Film your own footage to make original gifs; student examples coming soon!
Footer with Image and Information Credit:
Copies of Edison Patents, list of inventions, and facts about Thomas Edison courtesy http://www.thomasedison.com
"Persistence of Vision: How Motion Pictures Move and Talk" (1940) via Jeff Quitney on YouTube
First photograph ever taken via http://agonistica.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/2011-11-18-orig-photo.jpg
Original Phenakistoscope via http://www.stephenherbert.co.uk/phenakSide.jpg
Original Zoetrope via http://www.stageninedesign.com/http://www.stageninedesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Zoetrope.jpg
Praxinoscope vs. Zoetrope image via https://awesam333.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/praxinoscope-zoetrope.jpg
Info about gifs via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIF
"How to Make GIFs with Mr. Gif" via The Creators Project on YouTube
"GIFs as Art" via DW (English) on YouTube
"How to make high quality gifs" via boogeronmyfinger on YouTube