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Initially, it was believed that Edison invented the motion picture camera, but it has since been proven that WilliamKennedyLaurieDickson actually invented it at the Edison laboratories.  However, his influence on the history of film stretches far beyond that of instigator.  He became a powerhouse of film production and must be given credit for establishing a standard that allowed film to emerge as a mass media and not just a vaudeville novelty.