01 November 2010
Did you know that horses helped lead to the birth of film? A wealthy man named Leyland Stanford wanted to know if all four feet come off the ground at once while a horse is galloping and financed Eadweard Muybridge to prove it one way or the other in 1878. Muybridge lined up multiple cameras parallel to the horse’s track, and took a series of still photos of a horse named Sallie Gardner as it galloped by. These photos were later strung together like frames in a video recording and of course proved that yes, horses do bring all four feet off the ground at one time when galloping. Technically, this trick was really an example of animation, like drawing a cartoon in a notepad and flipping the page corners quickly to play the scene. It was Thomas Edison who later borrowed the work of Muybridge and others, and together with his assistant, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, set about constructing devices to record and view movement on film.
Horses on the Big Screen:
1) Five horses played the part of Secretariat in the recent movie.
2) “The Horse Whisperer” was Kate Bosworth’s first movie. She was chosen because they required an experienced rider to play Judith.
3) Viggo Mortensen purchased the horse who played the title character after the film “Hildalgo” was completed.
Courtney’s Favorite Horsey Films:
1) International Velvet
2) National Velvet
3) The Horse Whisperer
4) The Man From Snowy River
5) Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken
Leslie’s Favorite Horsey Films:
1) The Red Fury
2) Black Beauty (1994)
3) Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken
4) My Little Pony (1986)
5) Dark Horse