emperor_of_time_1Films are common place now, but it’s fascinating to look back and actually see how the motion picture was actually created. As it turns out, it came from an inventor named Eadweard Muybridge, whose life was dark and troubled, but would grant us with one of the most extraordinary gifts.

The motion picture, as it turns out was discovered on accident, and prompted by a bet. Now, you can see it all unfold through Drew Christie’s short film, The Emperor of Time. Told through a personal narration and the use of a nineteenth century mutoscope, Christie’s film is informative and melancholy, tracking the creation of one of our most powerful forms of expression and the tragedies that surrounded it. via

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