Cinema students examined the pre-cinema era on Friday in the Secret Language of Film class. The 19th Century saw early photography inspire inventors to explore how to make still images move. Students saw examples of gadgets that gave the illusion of pictures moving. New methods gave way to early moving picture cameras. Early filmmakers, such as the Lumiere brothers and Thomas Edison, made the first discoveries on how to make films, including how to create the illusion of perspective, and how to place the camera to show perspective. Later this year, students will create their own flip books and create their own scratch films — literally scratching a sequence of images onto film to create a moving picture.

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