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Filming at the Black Maria

by Kate Fortmueller

Edison was known for filming popular vaudeville acts and performers, but he always asked performers (who were usually in New York) to come to the Black Maria studio in New Jersey. Cockfight, like many Edison subjects, was shot in the Black Maria. Had this been an actual cockfight (with an audience) this film would not have the same angle on the action. Consider how this film would be different if it were a "live event." Think about how this differs from various live events you or your friends may film with your cellphone cameras.

Cockfight (1894)

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A cockfight staged in Edison's Black Maria studio.

from Cockfight (1900)
Creator: William K.L. Dickson
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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