1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

Released in 1903 during the genesis period of the film camera, it emerged along other examples as a new medium to work with. TGR is the first film to follow a through line, or a plot. Whereas other contemporary films were focused on the movie camera as having physical presence in the world, TGR aimed to make it ‘invisible’ or by allowing an audience to witness other events beyond that of their immediate understanding. Indeed, the shot at the end of the bandit shooting into the camera would have led to some panic. While it is considered the first Motion picture it is one of a movement, the emergence of new technology evolved at a similar rates and TGR remains the best known.