Auguste Lumière directs four workers in the demolition of an old wall at the Lumière factory. One worker is pressing the wall inwards with a jackscrew, while another is pushing it with a ... See full summary »
The first moving shot, created by a stationary camera on a gondola in Panorama du Grand Canal vu d'un Bateau, was filmed by Alexandre Promio for Louis Lumiere. Filming Locations: Venice, Veneto, Italy. Release Date: 1896 (France).
A household gardener is outside watering the garden. Unknown to him, the son of another servant sneaks up behind him and steps on the hose, stopping the flow of water. The befuddled ... See full summary »
At this point in the history of motion pictures, a panorama meant a camera that moved, any camera that moved, usually by being put on a train or boat or some such and giving the viewers a sight of what they would see in the camera's place: a constantly changing view. By the middle of the next decade, it had assumed its modern meaning of a panorama or "Pan" shot, in which the camera sat in one spot and was turned to give up to a 360 degree field of vision. Later, wide-screen techniques would attempt to replicate the original painterly sense with a wide-angle view -- and incorporate the word in such wide-screen methods as Panavision.
In the meantime, we get to see this film. It is the flip viewpoint to the Lumieres' "Arrivée d'un train à Perrache" in which the camera was set at the station and the audience gets to see the train approach. With this, we see the places the train passes by until the station is reached.
The Lumieres had invented the point-of-view shot.
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