Motion picture industry -- fiction
A missing French inventor and his lost feature film take center stage with this dark debut of a novel by Jonathan Skariton.
The early history of motion pictures is plagued with controversy, including vicious patent wars between the United States and Europe.
In 1888, French inventor Louis Le Prince was granted an American patent on a 16-lens camera that combined motion picture with a projector. Although Le Prince mostly wanted a single-lens patent, he was not granted one. In October of the same year, Le Prince filmed Roundhay Garden Scene, which is known today as one of the only surviving pieces of the earliest production of a film. Le Prince planned to present his successful invention in Manhattan at a public exposition, and he is considered by many to be the true father of motion pictures.