William Heise was an American film director, active in the 1890s. He ‘directed’ The Kiss, a 1896 short film that depicted a kiss between May Irwin and John Rice.
Direction, at this early stage in cinema, consisted mainly of pointing a stationary camera in one direction and capturing whatever action transpired within the frame. Along with W. K. L. Dickson, Heise was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the nascent days of cinema. He worked with Dickson on many of the early shorts, capturing numerous scenes of everyday life as well as different aspects of performance and sport. —wikipedia