In October 1888, the French inventor Louis Le Prince shot what many people now believe to be the world’s first films. On the 16th September 1890, and just before he was due to sail to New York to demonstrate his films in public for the first time, Le Prince boarded the Dijon to Paris train and was never seen again.The Shadow Traps podcasts will tell the story of Le Prince, his life, his films and his mysterious disappearance. It is a mystery story, an exploration of invention and obsession and a love letter to film. To find out more and support this podcast, go to www.patreon.com/theshadowtraps
Episode 37. Two White Gashes for Eyes.
We have already seen Le Prince using his 16 lens camera in Paris in 1887 - but we know so little about what happened. This episode asks 'what can be discovered about those lost months and the images that came out of them?'
A Few Words in the Interval
Not quite an episode; not quite an interval; a few words to see us on to the next stage of the story of Louis Le Prince.
Episode Thirty Six. History at ten to thirty-two a second.
Le Prince travels from England to Paris. There, he nurses his mother, who is ill, struggles with his US Patent specifications, and builds a sixteen lens camera. Sometime around the summer of 1887, he films scenes in Paris.
Episode Thirty Five. Cowboys and Yorkshireman.
We begin by looking at Le Prince as he leaves New York for Europe in April 1887, and follow him rushing between Leeds, London and on to Paris.While in London, he visits his brother-in-law who is responsible for a huge exhibition in the heart of London -...
Episode 34. There is something I should add....
Drawing to the end of the US Patent analysis, we discover a mistake in our research. Instead of becoming disheartened, we instead use this mistake to help us answer questions about the theories concerning possible corruption on the part of the US Patent...
Episode 33. Amidst the Dense Thickets of Patent Correspondence
1887. Le Prince was so close to getting his patent application allowed. But nothing seemed to run smoothly for the inventor. We examine the Patent Claims he tried to add, which almost ruined things for him - and we get to the bottom of one of the...
Deep Dive Gem
I’m writing a play specifically on Louis Le Prince and this is the exact deep dive research I’ve been looking for.