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Thomas Edison's motion picture-making studio

Thomas Edison's motion picture-making studio

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Edison's studio. External view of Thomas Alva Edison's motion picture studio, the 'Black Maria'. The roof of the building could be opened and the whole 10-metre-long building could be rotated to get the best sunlight. Edison helped to develop early cinema. In 1889 he devised a projection method using film with perforations along the edges. The film was then moved by sprocket wheels at a regulated speed before a flashing light. In 1896 he invented the kinetograph which allowed recorded sound and music to accompany the film. In 1903 his company produced The Great Train Robbery, the first film to tell a story. Edison then lost interest in cinematography. Photographed in 1890.

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