FRENCH CHEMIST MICHEL EUGENE CHEVREUL (1786 - 1889) was 100 years old when he became the subject of the first “photo sequencing” experiment to imitate natural movement. This was 2 years before the first known film. The photographer was the world renowned French photographer Félix Nadar.
What Nadar did was take a sequence of photographs one after the other to create the impression of movement. This becomes, in a sense, the first “film” starring a man.
(By the way, the first known film was “Roundhay Garden Scene,” and was shot 2 years after this series of photos took place).