1st Slapstick Movie

An Interesting Story (1904) – James Williamson

Considered to be the world’s 1st slapstick film, An Interesting Story shows a man so engrossed in his book that his time is spent dangerously oblivious to everything else happening around him.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0202815/

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1st Extreme Close-Up in Film

The Big Swallow (1901) – James Williamson

The Big Swallow, a clever though logically-flawed movie, contains the 1st Extreme Close Up, used within as a plot device instead of for emotional effect.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0202815/

1st Chase Movie

Stop Thief! (1901) – James Williamson

Stop Thief! is considered to be the world’s 1st “chase” movie, a type of film most popular in the early 1900’s and 1910’s.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0132534/

1st Telescoped PoV Close-Up in Film

As Seen Through a Telescope (1900) – George Albert Smith

The 1st Telescoped PoV close-up in film: As Seen Through a Telescope by George Albert Smith uses an irised close-up to give the impression of filming through a telescope, thus giving the viewer the point of view of the main character. There is also a voyeuristic element as the lead (and each of us) witnesses a bit of naughty action.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000272/

1st Reverse Motion in Film

Demolition of a Wall (1896) – Louis Lumiere

In Demolition of a Wall (aka Démolition d’un mur) by Louis Lumière, we see the action proceeding forward as expected, but at the mid-point of the film, the footage is reversed, taking us back to the beginning. This was the 1st movie to contain footage in reverse motion.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000070/

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1st Dissolve Transition

Cinderella (1899) – Georges Melies

This oldest known film adaptation of Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairy tale is also the first movie to utilize a dissolve transition between scenes. Georges Méliès accomplished this by closing the lens aperture, rewinding the film, and then re-opening the aperture.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000230/

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