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George Albert Smith

Birthday:
01/04/1864
Place of birth:
Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK:
Biography:
Along with his better-known French counterpart Georges Méliès, George Albert Smith, usually credited as G.A. Smith, was one of the first filmmakers to explore fictional and fantastic themes, often using surprisingly sophisticated special effects. His background was ideal – an established portrait photographer, he also had a long-standing interest in show business, running a tourist attraction in his native Brighton featuring a fortune teller. His films were among the first to feature such innovations as superimposition (Smith patented a double-exposure system in 1897), close-ups and scene transitions involving wipes and focus pulls. He also patented Kinemacolor – the world's first commercial cinema color system--in 1906, which was extremely successful for a time, despite the special equipment required to project it

Credits

The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899)
as Husband
The Movies Begin: A Treasury of Early Cinema, 1894-1913
Director
Choice Bouquets
Director
Choosing the Wallpaper
Director
A Visit to the Seaside
Director
A Visit to the Seaside
Producer
Woman Draped in Patterned Handkerchiefs
Director
Tartans of Scottish Clans
Director
Two Clowns
Director
Grand Display of Brock's Fireworks at the Crystal Palace
Director
The Sick Kitten
Director
Mary Jane's Mishap
Director
Policeman and Burglar
Director
A Photograph Taken From Our Area Window
Director
The Death of Poor Joe
Director
Visit to Pompeii
Director
Grandma's Reading Glass
Director
The Old Maid's Valentine
Director
The House That Jack Built
Director
As Seen Through a Telescope
Director
Spiders on a Web
Director
Let Me Dream Again
Director
A Quick Shave and Brush Up
Director
Two Old Sports
Director
The Dull Razor
Director
Scandal Over the Teacups
Director
The Kiss in the Tunnel
Director of Photography
The Kiss in the Tunnel
Director
The Kiss in the Tunnel
Producer
The Inexhaustible Cab
Director
Santa Claus
Director
The Corsican Brothers
Director
Cinderella
Director
Early Fashions on Brighton Pier
Director
Photographing a Ghost
Director
The Haunted Castle
Director
The Haunted Castle
Producer
Making Sausages
Director
The Sign Writer
Director
The X-Ray Fiend
Production Design
The X-Ray Fiend
Director
The X-Ray Fiend
Producer
The X-Ray Fiend
Writer
Comic Shaving
Director
Comic Face
Director
Weary Willie
Director
The Maid in the Garden
Director
Hanging Out the Clothes
Director
Hanging Out the Clothes
Producer
The Miller and the Sweep
Director

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