- Release Date: 1888-10-14
- Name of Series/Era: 1920s and Before
- Media Type: Short Film
- Directors: Louis Le Prince
- Timeline: Best 1920s and Earlier Films, Best Films of All Time
The earliest celluloid film was shot by Louise Le Prince using the Le Prince single-lens camera made in 1888. It was taken in the garden of the Whitley family house in Oakwood Grange Road, Roundhay, a suburb of Leeds, Yorkshire, Great Britain, possibly on October 14, 1888. It shows Adolphe Le Prince (Le Prince’s son), Mrs. Sarah Whitley, (Le Prince’s mother-in-law), Joseph Whitley and Miss Harriet Hartley. The ‘actors’ are shown walking around in circles, laughing to themselves and keeping within the area framed by the camera.
This earliest celluloid film is another great example of film history. It’s a rare glimpse of a life in the 1800s and a vital piece of film history.