The Precursors of Film

There's more than meets the eye in the history of the moving image.
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Athletes boxing, 1878-1879, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Athletes boxing, 1878-1879, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Man and woman dancing a waltz, 1887, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Man and woman dancing a waltz, 1887, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Optical illusion disc with somersaults and horseback riding, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Optical illusion disc with somersaults and horseback riding, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Zoopraxography Grecian Dancing Girls,  1893, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Zoopraxography Grecian Dancing Girls, 1893, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Optical illusion disc with birds, butterflies, and a man jumping, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Optical illusion disc with birds, butterflies, and a man jumping, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Optical illusion disc with man jumping rope and a man sticking out his tongue, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Optical illusion disc with man jumping rope and a man sticking out his tongue, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Optical illusion disc with two men throwing and catching cakes and stars cropped, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Optical illusion disc with two men throwing and catching cakes and stars cropped, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

"Politeness", simulation of how the disc would have looked while rotating, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

"Politeness", simulation of how the disc would have looked while rotating, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

"The Desert", an example of an phenakistoscope, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

"The Desert", an example of an phenakistoscope, 1833, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Animated sequence of a bactrian camel racking taken by Eadweard Muybridge, 1887, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Animated sequence of a bactrian camel racking taken by Eadweard Muybridge, 1887, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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