lumiere films

Auguste and Louis Lumiere (b.1862 and 1864)

Credited with the first screening of motion pictures to a public, paying, audience.

The Lumières held their first private screening of projected motion pictures in 1895. Their first public screening of films at which admission was charged was held on December 28, 1895, at Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris. This history-making presentation featured ten short films, including their first film, Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory). Each film is 17 meters long, which, when hand cranked through a projector, runs approximately 50 seconds.

this early way of making films has been revived recently, and lumiere films are currently being made using these parameters:

  • 60 seconds max
  • fixed camera
  • no audio
  • no zoom
  • no edit
  • no effects

following a workshop with visiting lecturer eleanor suess i was inspired to start making some lumiere films and found that using the ‘rules’ was a curiously liberating experience.

some of eleanor’s films can be seen at this link:

some of my first lumiere films can be found below:

obscured cat

discarded beaker

discarded beaker 2

institution lunch