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C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television$
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Donald G. Godfrey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038280

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038280.001.0001

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Early Film Experiments

Early Film Experiments

(p.15) 2 Early Film Experiments
C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television

Donald G. Godfrey

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on C. Francis Jenkins' early film experiments. The large-screen projector and the concept of intermittent motion remain Jenkins' most lasting contributions to the industries of film and motion pictures in television. His projector was the first to freeze a frame of film for a fraction of a second, as it flowed past the lamp and lens of the projector. The late 1870s into the early 1900s was a time of growing industrial opportunity. Still photography was becoming a popular hobby, while inventors such as Louis and Auguste Lumiere, Emile Reynaud, Thomas A. Edison, George Eastman, and Thomas J. Armat were working on ways to add motion. This chapter discusses Jenkins' early demonstrations of his inventions, including the Phantoscope camera-projector, as well as his growing popularity as an inventor.

Keywords:   film experiments, C. Francis Jenkins, large-screen projector, motion pictures, television, photography, inventors, inventions, Phantoscope, camera-projector

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