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ca 1840 __ Dissolving Views
Henry Langdon Child (1792-1874)
Comment : Child attempted the ‘Dissolving View’ by placing different sources of light behind various painted glass plates. By diminishing the light as one scene was changed to the other, Child was able to project a sort of animation however audiences were not confused as to the lack of true motion. Dissolving Views were introduced by Childe at the Royal Polytechnic Institution in London. Traditionally a single lens instrument, the magic lantern became biunial and triunial as a result of the dissolving view. This allowed the operator to 'dissolve' one lantern view into another, providing not only an entertaining story, but also the thought of motion or movement as the story unfolded. In today's cinema we see the fading from one scene to another scene, or fade from one shot to another as the great-grandchild of the Dissolving View.
French comment : L’Anglais Henry Langdon Child anime sommairement les projections de lanterne magique par un système de fondu enchaîné : les dissolving views. (In "La naissance du cinéma. L'invention d'un art populaire", TDC, Numéro 696, mai 1995)
Source : During, Simon (2004), “Modern Enchantments : the cultural power of secular magic”, Harvard University Press, pp. 102-103.
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