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Heise, William


  • [William Heise was an engineer, cameraman and filmmaker, active in the 1890s and credited for more than 175 short silent films. As a machinist in Thomas Edison's laboratory, he assisted W.K.L. Dickson in the Kinetoscope experiment in October 1890. He learned photography and was the principal operator of the Edison Kinetograph camera; he also developed and printed films. He is best known for "The Kiss", an 1896 short film that depicted a kiss between stage actors, May Irwin and John Rice. Along with Dickson, he was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the early days of cinema.]
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    • found: Charity ball [MP] 1897(name not given)
    • found: Musser, C. The emergence of cinema, 1990:p. 232 (cameraman, William Heise)
    • found: 1900 United States Federal Census viewed online February 12, 2016 via Ancestry.com(William Heise; age, 52 years; born, August, 1847 in Germany; lived West Orange, New Jersey in 1900)
    • found: Abel, R., ed., Encyclopedia of early cinema, c2005:p. 425 (William Heise; engineer, cameraman; worked in Thomas Edison's laboratory; died, February 14, 1910)
    • notfound: AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995;Perf. arts biog. master index, 1982;Variety obits.
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    • [William Heise was an engineer, cameraman and filmmaker, active in the 1890s and credited for more than 175 short silent films. As a machinist in Thomas Edison's laboratory, he assisted W.K.L. Dickson in the Kinetoscope experiment in October 1890. He learned photography and was the principal operator of the Edison Kinetograph camera; he also developed and printed films. He is best known for "The Kiss", an 1896 short film that depicted a kiss between stage actors, May Irwin and John Rice. Along with Dickson, he was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the early days of cinema.]
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