The 20 Best of William Heise

by kobe1413 | created - 21 Feb 2014 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

I have listed the twenty best films from filmmaker William Heise.

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1. The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, History

This short film, one of the first to use camera tricks, depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Director: Alfred Clark | Star: Mrs. Robert L. Thomas

Votes: 1,799

Heise was the cinematographer for director Clark.

2. Fire Rescue Scene (1894)

1 min | Drama, Short

"Firemen in working uniform, rubber coats, helmets, and boots. Thrilling rescue from burning building. Smoke effects are fine." - from the Edison Catalog

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 431

Heise and Dickson make another narrative film after the "Blacksmith Scene".

3. Lone Fisherman (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

"Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 237

4. Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Music

The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 1,901

Heise was the cameraman for this Edison short. The sound of director W.K.L. Dickson playing the violin on camera was recorded along with the film.

5. The Pickaninny Dance, from the 'Passing Show' (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A scene representing Southern plantation life before the war. A jig and a breakdown by three colored boys.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Joe Rastus, Denny Tolliver, Walter Wilkins

Votes: 164

A short film of three men dancing, from the Broadway "Passing Show". Better than other shorts from Heise and Dickson from the same time only due to the spirited and colorful dancing from the men. Its funny how their dancing would fit perfectly into any hip-hop video from the current century.

6. Black Diamond Express (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

"Train is first seen rounding a curve nearly a mile away. Approaches at the rate of 70 miles an hour, blowing a warning whistle to a gang of track repairers."

Director: James H. White | Stars: Benjamin F. Hardesty, Charles Lee

Votes: 246

Heise works the camera for this Edison short.

7. The Barbershop (1894)

1 min | Documentary, Short

Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 941

A decent scene of everyday life as a man gets a shave while two other men talk to each other.

8. Blacksmith Scene (1893)

Unrated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Charles Kayser, John Ott

Votes: 1,985

Heise and W.K.L. Dickson stage the first narrative put on film.

9. Horse Shoeing (1893)

Documentary, Short

One of the pictures to be seen in the machine, for example, was that of a blacksmith shop in which two men were working, one shoeing a horse, the other heating iron at the forge. One would ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 108

Another narrative short from the Heise/Dickson team.

11. Hadj Cheriff (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

Hadj Cheriff, a performer known for a variety of unusual abilities, demonstrates part of his act in the Edison studio.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Hadj Cheriff

Votes: 397

Cheriff does acrobatic moves around the stage of Edison's studio while filmed by Heise.

12. Annie Oakley (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

The 'Little Sure Shot' of the 'Wild West.' Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls, etc. (from the Edison Catalog)

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Francis E. Butler, Annie Oakley

Votes: 1,036

An energetic showing by Oakley for the Edison camera.

13. Chinese Laundry Scene (1894)

1 min | Short, Comedy

The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: Phil Doreto, Robetta

Votes: 424

Two guys do acrobatic stunts on a set.

14. A Hand Shake (1892)

1 min | Short

Two men shake hands for the Kinetograph.

Stars: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 419

A quick film of the two pioneers shaking hands.

James C. Duncan returns as a blacksmith for this Edison film.

16. Bucking Broncho (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A fine exhibition of horsemanship by Lee Martin, a genuine cowboy. This particular broncho is an unusually wicked one. (from Edison Films)

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: Frank Hammitt, Lee Martin, Sunfish

Votes: 560

Cowboy Lee Martin is shown riding a broncho for a few seconds before being tossed off.

17. Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dance routines. She uses her dance steps and her long, flowing skirts to create a variety of visual patterns.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Annabelle Moore

Votes: 1,835

Annabelle Moore performs the popular serpentine dance.

18. The Hornbacker-Murphy Fight (1894)

1 min | Short, Sport

A referee and five fans (including a waiter in his apron) look on as two young men box. The dark-haired, slightly taller boxer throws a right and the light-haired smaller one goes down; but... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Eugene Hornbacker, Murphy

Votes: 246

Two fighters briefly exchange blows.

19. Sioux Ghost Dance (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

A group of Sioux Indians from Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibition demonstrates a dance called a "ghost dance".

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise

Votes: 601

A group of Native American from "Buffalo Bill" Cody's traveling Wild West show perform a traditional dance for the camera.

The two fighters box for a little for the Edison men.

21. Sandow: The Strong Man (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

Eugen Sandow, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, appears in the Edison Company's film studio.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Eugen Sandow

Votes: 1,009



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