Director: Edwin S. Porter
ELOPEMENT ON HORSEBACK (1898)
relatively short film tells a complete story in four scenes.
STRANGE ADVENTURE OF A NEW YORK DRUMMER (1899)
Early trick film that used editing to make objects appear and disappear.
UNCLE JOSH’S NIGHTMARE (1900)
Another early trick film using a stationary camera.
TERRIBLE TEDDY, THE GRIZZLY KING (1901)
Possibly the first political satire film.
LOVE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON (1901)
Animated moon disturbs lovers on park bench.
CIRCULAR PANORAMA OF ELECTRIC TOWER & PANORAMA OF ESPLANADE BY NIGHT (1901)
Two documentaries of the Pan-Am Exposition in Buffalo showing an early use of panning and the first after-dark photography.
MARTYRED PRESIDENTS (1901)
One of Porter’s early special effects is demonstrated in a memorial to three American presidents.
UNCLE JOSH AT THE MOVING PICTURE SHOW (1902)
Combines live action with some early special effects.
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY TRAMP (1902)
This short spoof shows three special techniques - the pan, double exposure and matte shot.
FUN IN A BAKER SHOP (1902)
Excellent early entertainment uses time lapse photography as a baker shapes dough into a variety of figures.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (1902)
Ingenious sets, dissolves and stop motion camera techniques tell this classic story.
LIFE OF AN AMERICAN FIREMAN (1903)
The alarm, the race, and the rescue in seven scenes.
UNCLE TOM’S CABIN (1903)
Stagy version of the classic tale tells the complete story of little Eva and Uncle Tom.
THE GAY SHOE CLERK (1903)
Flirting clerk is taught a lesson - moving camera.
ROUNDING UP OF THE ’YEGGMEN’ (1904)
Outlaws’ capture told cinematically.
EUROPEAN REST CURE (1904)
Delightful comedy of a traveler's adventures abroad.
THE EX-CONVICT (1904)
an early message film of social injustice.
THE KLEPTOMANIAC (1905)
another early film looking at social injustice.
THE SEVEN AGES (1905)
HOW JONES LOST HIS ROLL (1905)
amusing animated titles tell the story of a con artist at work.
THE WHOLE DAM FAMILY AND THE DAM DOG (1905)
An original approach introduces the cast of this weird story. Scored with early recordings.