“Roundhay Garden Scene” (1888) IMDb


Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince, whose father was a friend of Daguerre, shot a number of motion pictures on paper that are just a couple of seconds long. In two extant cases he did it with a single-lens apparatus and hence a consistent point of view. Little else of the French inventor’s work has survived. He vanished in 1890. This is only tangentially a documentary, showing action staged for the sake of being recorded.

moving picture non-fiction

Another of Le Prince’s experiments:

“Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge” (1888) IMDb