Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Wednesday Wiki: Oskar Messter

Today's Random Wiki is about Oskar Messter, a German inventor and film tycoon of early cinema. Messter built and sold his first movie projector in 1886. He, along with Max Gliewe and Robert W. Paul are often credited with building the Geneva drive, a device used to create the intermittent motion of film. Gliewe and Messter joined together later to sell film projectors. Messter built the first film studio in Germany and by 1897, offered 84 films. His first sound film premiered in 1903 at the Apollo Theater in Berlin.

From 1909 to 1917, Messter saw 350 films through production before selling his company in 1918. Prior to his death in 1943, he donated his collection of historical equipment to the German Museum in 1932. IMDb lists 360 films under Messter's producer credits from 1896 and 1924.


Booksteve said...

Fascinating! Somehow I've never even heard of him. Might want to correct that date at the top though.

Dee said...

Fixed. What would I ever do without my incredibly observant editor extroidinaire? <3