Chapter One – The Magic of Moving Pictures: Filmmaking 1895 – 1918
By Chris Pugsley. Summary by Jakki Galloway
Before the movie theatre, the moving image was limited to contraptions that only one person could view at a time. French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière were the first people to develop a system for projecting moving images onto a big screen with a 'cinematographe'. They displayed their new invention in a Parisian café on 28 December 1895.
“Within a mere 14 months, the peep-show box had progressed to a movie theatre.” p 30, New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History
“By 1915, there were 165 picture theatres in the country, and for thousands of New Zealanders attendance at them had become as much a habit as wearing a hat or drinking tea.” p 50, New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History
The First Film Projectors
Describe the changes of development.
Activity 2: The First New Zealand Filmmakers
Discuss their influence on New Zealand film.
Activity 3: Film as News
Close read a film clip.
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