PRODUCTION JOURNAL: Midweek Morning Mixer - 10.16.13

Edison's Black Maria, the world's first film production studio
October 16, 1894

On Wednesday 16 October 1894, rodeo star Lee Martin from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show rode a wild bronco for the cameras of W. K. Dickson. Performed in a makeshift rodeo just outside Thomas Edison’s “Black Maria,” the first movie production studio located in West Orange, New Jersey, the early cowboy spectacle was part of a cavalcade of entertainments –– from cock fights and boxers to jugglers and magicians –– that Dickson filmed. Buffalo Bill, who just happed to be performing in Brooklyn at the time, brought down a range of stars from his traveling show to perform, including Martin, and, then two weeks later, Annie Oakley gave a sharp-shooting demonstration. ~~ Focus Features

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Shooting at the Black Maria


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