Pre-cinema audio-visual resources

On this page you will find various audio-visual resources that explain devices, procedures, inventors or experiments related to the technology of the image from pre-cinema and the early days of cinema..

Beale's Choreutoscope

Invented by Beale in 1866, this was a mechanism for the animated projection of drawings with a magic lantern based on the theory of persistence of vision. It included a glass plate with drawing of a skeleton dance on a back ground mounted on a mechanisme with a Maltese Cross. This system made it possible to move the image forwards quickly, and was the same system that would be seen with the movement systems used for cinematography.

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