Cinema and its Ancestors: The Magic of Motion is a short video interview with Tom Gunning exploring the genealogy of cinema’s development. Tom explains the early developments of visual media from the magic lantern to the "chase movie". There’s also a transcript and MP3 download of the interview available. The educational and entertaining aspects of projected images have endured, the basic grammer of space and time is still used today.
Via Steven Gotz, who has a good collection of useful links to audio-visual related websites.
References to Subjects Mentioned in the Video
- The Magic lantern or Laterna Magica was the ancestor of the modern slide projector.
- The Magic Lantern Virtual Exhibition an interactive guide.
- Magic Machines : A History of the Moving Image from Antiqity to 1900
- Christiaan Huygens may have invented the magic lantern. See Christiaan Huygens The True Inventor of the Magic Lantern.
- Edwin S. Porter’s Life of an American Fireman.
- Georges Méliès French filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest Cinema.
- A Trip to the Moon movie by Georges Méliès. Steve Joyce has an interesting collection of pictures and related info on his tribute site.
- Timeline of key events in the development of early cinema.
- Space Movies is a list of movie resources with space connections.
Le Voyage dans la Lune