1903 in film
The year 1903 in film involved many significant events in cinema.
- Thomas Edison demolishes "America's First Movie Studio", the Black Maria.
- The three elder Warner Bros. begin in the exhibition business.
- Gaston Méliès, Georges' brother, opens a branch of Star Film in New York to defend its production's copyrights.
Films released in 1903
- Alice in Wonderland, directed by Cecil Hepworth
- Capital Execution, directed by Peter Elfelt
- A Chess Dispute, directed by Robert W. Paul
- A Daring Daylight Burglary, by Frank Mottershaw
- A Message from Mars, by Franklyn Barrett
- Desperate Poaching Affray, directed by William Haggar; considered important in film history for its cinematic technique.
- Diving Lucy, produced by Mitchell and Kenyon
- Electrocuting an Elephant
- Extraordinary Cab Accident, directed by Robert W. Paul
- Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies, directed by Georges Melies
- From Show Girl To Burlesque Queen
- The Gay Shoe Clerk, directed by Edwin S. Porter
- The Georgetown Loop (Colorado)
- The Great Train Robbery, directed by Edwin S. Porter, starring Broncho Billy Anderson. Regarded as a milestone in film history for its innovative composite editing, camera movement, and cross cutting.
- The Infernal Cauldron, directed by Georges Melies
- The Inn Where No Man Rests, directed by Georges Melies
- The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ (La Vie et la Passion de Jésus Christ), directed by Ferdinand Zecca; this is a proto-feature film, or many short-films (in this case 31) that when combined together can be seen as one feature film. 18 of the short-films were made in 1902 and shown in 1903, while 10 more were added and shown in 1904. The final three were added and shown in 1905. Stencil hand painted film frames were done between 1904 and 1905 by Segundo de Chomón.
- Life of an American Fireman, directed by Edwin S. Porter. May be the first cross-cutting editing in cinema [Editing between 2 separate scenes to show a more elaborate story. Helping introduce 2 situations that will come together later in that story or in a theme of the movie.].
- The Magic Lantern, directed by Georges Méliès
- Mary Jane's Mishap, directed by George Albert Smith.
- Misfortune Never Comes Alone, directed by Georges Méliès
- Momijigari, directed by Tsunekichi Shibata.
- The Music Lover, directed by Georges Méliès.
- Old London Street Scenes
- Panorama of Beach and Cliff House, produced by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
- Petticoat Lane
- Rip Van Winkle (8 Short Films), directed by William K. L. Dickson.
- Runaway Match, directed by Alf Collins. Possibly the first car chase in the history of cinema.
- Sick Kitten, directed by George Albert Smith.
- Skyscrapers Of New York City, From The North River
- Uncle Tom's Cabin, directed by Edwin S. Porter
- What Happened in the Tunnel, directed by Edwin S. Porter
G. M. Anderson