F Percy Smith, English scientific filmmaking pioneer, c 1910.
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F Percy Smith, English scientific filmmaking pioneer, c 1910.

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In 1907, Charles Urban (1867-1942), a major figure in early cinema, invited F Percy Smith (1880-1945) to make motion pictures of nature after seeing one of Smith's photographs of a magnified image of a bluebottle's tongue. Smith made a series of films for Urban, including 'The Strength and Agility of Insects' and 'The Birth of a Flower', which shows plant growth through stop-motion cinematography in Kinemacolor. After WWII, Smith gained wide acclaim with his 'Secrets of Nature'.
 

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