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Monkeyshines, No. 2 (1890)

In an experiment that follows up on the results of 'Monkeyshines, No. 1', an Edison company worker again moves around in front of the motion picture camera.
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In an experiment that follows up on the results of 'Monkeyshines, No. 1', an Edison company worker again moves around in front of the motion picture camera.

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27 November 1890 (USA)  »

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A sheet of celluloid, measuring 2 1/2 inches by 13 5/8 inches. Developer W.K.L. Dickson described the process in 1895: "Then followed some experiments with drums, over which sheets of sensitized celluloid film were drawn, the edges being pressed into a narrow slot in the surface, similar in construction to the old tinfoil phonograph. A starting and stopping device was also applied . . . The pictures were then taken spirally to the number of two hundred or so, but were limited in size owing to the rotundity of surface, which only brought the centre of the picture into focus. The sheet of celluloid was then developed, etc., and placed upon a transparent drum, bristling at its outer edge with brass pins. When the brass was rapidly turned these came into contact with the primary current of an induction coil, and each image was lighted up [with a Geissler tube placed inside the drum, the primary wire of which, operated by the pins, produced a rupture of the primary current, which in its turn, through the medium of the secondary current, lighted the Geissler tube at the precise moment when a picture crossed its range of view]." See more »

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A Slight Technical Improvement on the First "Monkeyshines"
9 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

In a technical sense, this second Edison Company "Monkeyshines" camera experiment represents a slight (perhaps very slight) improvement on the first movie. Paradoxically, for that reason it is actually a little less interesting (because less bizarre) to view. But its historical significance is still considerable.

As with the first "Monkeyshines" movie, this one consists of some brief footage of playful activity in the Edison Company facility. Compared with the first one, the figures are a little less ghostly and a little better defined, and the motions are slightly easier to determine. It still has the weird, surreal appearance of aliens or ghosts or abstract shapes, just not to quite the same degree.

Both "Monkeyshines" features were made when Edison was pursuing the idea of a cylindrical approach to motion pictures, by close analogy with his successful phonograph idea. The recent Kino DVD collection of Edison features has (as extras) a few photographs of the film and the equipment that were used in these early experiments, and they are quite interesting to look at for anyone with an interest in these earliest efforts to create movies.


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