The film industry, more than a hundred years
old, has an amazing story. It features a cast of thousands, boasts an intricate
plot, and is set in many locations around the globe. Our exhibit, Let's Go to
the Movies, explores the history and technology of this universally loved entertainment
medium. Enter our "set", and join the director as the action begins
FADE IN: Long shot of a photographer setting up a series of cameras to capture the motion of a horse trotting.
DISSOLVE TO: A revolving zoetrope that shows the resulting horse photographs, giving the effect of a moving picture.
VOICE OVER: Photographer Eadweard Muybridge experimented with photographing horses, other animals and people in motion, beginning in 1880
DISSOLVE TO: Thomas Edison's studio, where two men are shown bending over a primitive movie camera.
VOICE OVER: Thomas Edison perfected a movie camera, called a Kinetoscope, in 1888
DISSOLVE TO: Another studio, where a movie projector is throwing a jerky series of images on a wall.
VOICE OVER: ..followed closely by the French Lumiere brothers' invention of a projector.
CUT TO: A long shot of an audience watching a movie in a modern theater. The movie is in vivid color, with amazing special effects, and sound.
VOICE OVER: Today, of course, films are turned out by the dozen, in an attempt to satisfy the public's hunger for them. Continue on to the next set for the rest of the scenario
page last updated:September 17, 2001
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