1. Sallie Gardner at a Gallop (1878) - The First Photographic Film Technique
Photographer Eadweard Muybridge used 24 cameras to study how horses gallop. His motion-capture technique paved the way for the development of film cameras (and horse GIFs).
4. Blacksmith Scene (1893) - Earliest Example Of Actors In A Film
Directed by William K.L. Dickson and created alongside Edison, this picture is the earliest known example of actors performing roles in a film. It was a simple story: three guys share a beer at lunch. The end.
8. Nanook Of The North (1922) - First Feature-Length Documentary
This silent documentary film by Robert J. Flaherty captured the life of a native Inuit family. The director accidentally burned up hours of film negatives with a dropped cigarette and had to return to northern Quebec to shoot more footage.
14. Toy Story (1995) - First Feature-Length CGI Film
Prior to Toy Story, CGI had only made cameo appearances in filmmaking. This was the first time audiences were dropped into an entire CGI world, and it was almost as revolutionary as the idea that toys talk to each other when we’re not around.
16. A Boy And His Atom (2013) - First Movie Made By Moving Atoms
For this short, IBM moved atoms with a scanning tunneling microscope to make its actors, props, and scenes. The lead character is a single nanometer in size (one 25 millionth the size of an inch), and Guinness World Records has certified it as the world’s smallest stop-motion film.