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The Man Who Accidentally Invented Filmmaking

Apr 12, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Drew Christie

Eadweard Muybridge was an eccentric 19-century photographer, who realized that he could create the illusion of movement by looping together photos. Drew Christie’s short film, The Emperor of Time, tells Muybridge’s story through the perspective of Muybridge’s abandoned son. The feeling of the film is distinctly old-timey: it takes place on a 5-by-5-inch device called a mutoscope and is narrated by Hugh Ross, who also narrated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. More of Christie’s work can be found on his company’s website,

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

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A showcase of cinematic short documentary films, curated by The Atlantic.