Early Film: Directors & Techniques


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How did the camera invented by Thomas Edison and William Dickson differ from those already in use?

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1. What invention combined a camera and a projector that captured moving pictures and projected them on a large screen for multiple viewers?

2. In comparison to the movies being produced early in the 20th century, what was different about the earliest attempts at film-making?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The earliest forms of films were vastly different from the way we view movies today. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge on the tools used for making and viewing films in their earliest forms, as well as the directors who were responsible for making groundbreaking strides in early film making.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will prompt you to identify:

  • Early movie star(s)
  • The 'Big Five' movie studios
  • Terms related to the first film capturing and viewing devices
  • Processes by which early films were made and viewed

Skills Practiced

By answering the questions in this quiz/worksheet combo, students will practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding directors of early film and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts- ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as kinetoscope and cinematographe
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding techniques of early film

Additional Learning

To find out more about the first filmmakers and the practices they used, review the accompanying lesson on Directors & Techniques of Early Film. There, you'll discover how to:

  • Differentiate among the earliest tools used for making and viewing films
  • Identify some of the most noteworthy early movie stars
  • List the 'Big Five' movie studios, as well as the 'Little Three'
  • Describe the earliest filmmakers and how their accomplishments shaped the movie industry