Silent Film GIFs Reveal the Special Effects Tricks of Early Cinema


Before green screens and CGI, there were crafty camera angles, matte paintings, and in-camera effects. A series of GIFs originally posted by Redditor Auir2blaze (first spotted on Open Culture) reveal the tricks of the trade in behind-the-scenes animations that spotlight early cinema. Watch Charlie Chapin rollerskate his way to danger, Harold Lloyd hang from a stories-high clock in the aptly titled 1923 movie Safety Last!, and Mary Pickford kiss herself on the cheek.