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William Friese-Greene

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William Friese-Green was a British inventor whose ideas were ahead of their time. Starting out as a still photographer, he became fascinated with the notion of moving pictures and, in the mid 1880s, using other inventions as his basis, he created a few projection devices. He teamed up with civil engineer Mortimer Evans and they created a camera in 1989. Unfortunately, it was too slow and better suited as an early slide projector. During these years, Friese-Green had much trouble getting his projects off the ground. He went to debtors' prison in 1891 after one company he was involved in went belly up. Afterward, he continued experimenting and patented several pieces of motion-picture equipment, including a better camera, color systems, and a way of making early 3-D films. Unfortunately, industryites were unreceptive and Friese-Greene died in poverty. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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