Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Animated Painting
(1904) American
B&W : Short film
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
Cast: (unknown)
Edison Manufacturing Company production; distributed by Edison Manufacturing Company. / Cinematography by Edwin S. Porter. / © 16 February 1904 by [?] Thomas A. Edison or Edison Manufacturing Company? [H42209]. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The production was shot on 12 February 1904. 30 (16mm) feet.
Trick film.
Survival Status: Print exists in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive].
An artist is painting a sunrise at sea. After a few finishing touches he stands back and admires the painting. The sun immediately commences to rise. From all appearances it becomes very warm as the sun rises, and the artist is seen to throw open the window and fan himself furiously. The climax is reached when the artist rushes from the room and returns with a large tub of water and a pair of tongs. Seizing the sun as it soars in the air he plunges it into the tub, causing a great cloud of steam to rise.

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