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Heise, William

LC control no.n 96107180
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Personal name headingHeise, William
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Biography/History noteWilliam 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.
LocatedWest Orange (N.J.)
Birth date1847-08
Death date1910-02-14
Place of birthGermany
Field of activityPhotography
Motion picture industry
Profession or occupationPhotographers
Camera operators
Found inCharity ball [MP] 1897 (name not given)
Musser, C. The emergence of cinema, 1990: p. 232 (cameraman, William Heise)
1900 United States Federal Census viewed online February 12, 2016 via (William Heise; age, 52 years; born, August, 1847 in Germany; lived West Orange, New Jersey in 1900)
Abel, R., ed., Encyclopedia of early cinema, c2005: p. 425 (William Heise; engineer, cameraman; worked in Thomas Edison's laboratory; died, February 14, 1910)
Not found inAFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995; Perf. arts biog. master index, 1982; Variety obits.
Associated languageeng