What Was the First Movie Ever Made?

Thanks to frequent reader, Noah, who asked: “What was the first movie ever made?”

This is a great question, and a somewhat complicated one.

In the late 1880′s various people began experimenting with photo, blending them together to give the illusion of a motion picture.  But the technology and difficulty to capture that sort of video made motion pictures rare.

Even so, here are a couple of the very first movies:

The Horse In Motion (1878)
This groundbreaking motion photography was accomplished using multiple cameras and assembling the individual pictures into a a single motion picture. it’s something that you could do today, using a few cameras that are set to go off at an exact moment. The movie was made to scientifically answer a popularly debated question during this era: Are all four of a horse’s hooves ever off the ground at the same time while the horse is galloping? The video provedthat they indeed were and, more importantly, motion photography was born.


1888 – Roundhay Garden Scene
The world’s earliest surviving motion-picture film, showing actual consectuve action is called Roundhay Garden Scene. It’s a short film directed by French inventor Louis Le Prince. While it’s just 2.11 seconds long, it is technically a movie. According to the Guineness Book of Records, it is the oldest surviving film in existence.

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14 Responses to “What Was the First Movie Ever Made?”

  1. Body steeper
    May 8, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    Cool I like the horse one the best

  2. Beansz
    May 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Oh I shall make a movie!
    But how long?
    2 seconds!

    • Potato
      May 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

      lol, Yeah I was wondering why they decided to make it of a man walking in a circle? I mean of all the cool things you could film, you pick a guy walking in a circle… REALLY?

      • rexh17
        June 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

        yeah lame a rather watch girl movies

      • abela
        September 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

        how can you not like it potato

    • What?
      May 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Maybe you should put “s around those.

    • rexh17
      June 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      it does not take 2 seconds it takes about 4 years and that just more then a hunderd people

      • WIse Guy
        July 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

        Well, it took maybe 6,7 or 8 months, or maybe 1 year, but it depends on how much they tried to advance it.

    • (o_o)
      September 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST MOVIES. like srsly did u expect pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows?

  3. Mebee
    May 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    I like the horse one best too it is longer, and in the other one the man just walks across the yard.

    • WIse Guy
      July 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

      Me too.

      What? says:

      I can’t understand the part “horse one best too it is longer”. Put in a period.

  4. J~Dog
    May 26, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    The horse was the first!I agree with Potato!

  5. Anonymous
    December 5, 2013 at 11:50 am #


  6. Brodster
    January 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    You,re wrong its the sneeze

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