1st De-Focus in Film

Let Me Dream Again (1900) – George Albert Smith

The 1st de-focus in a film, used to transist from dream to reality: Let Me Dream Again by George Albert Smith features a man dreaming about an attractive young woman and then waking up next to his wife.



1st Movie Remake (and 1st Film by Georges Melies)

Card Party (1896) – Georges Melies

The 1st of 555 known films by Georges Melies, Card Party (aka Une partie de cartes aka Party of Cards) is a remake of Louis Lumiere’s Card Game. The Lumiere original can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VGSjgi9l4c


1st Moving Shot

Panorama du Grand Canal vu d’un Bateau (1896) – Alexandre Promio

The 1st 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.


1st Comedy Movie

The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895) – Louis Lumiere

The 1st staged narrative and the 1st comedy, The Sprinkler Sprinkled (also known as L’Arroseur Arrosé and The Waterer Watered) was shot in Lyon in the spring of 1895.

The film portrays a simple practical joke in which a gardener is tormented by a boy who steps on the hose that the gardener is using to water his plants, cutting off the water flow. When the gardener tilts the nozzle up to inspect it, the boy releases the hose, causing the water to spray him. The gardener is stunned and his hat is knocked off, but he soon catches on. A chase ensues, both on and off-screen (the camera never moves from its original position) until the gardener catches the boy and administers a spanking. Louis Lumière used his own gardener, François Clerc, to portray the gardener.


1st Christmas Movie

Santa Claus (1898) – George Albert Smith

The 1st Christmas movie, and containing the 1st depiction of Santa Claus on film: Santa Clause by George Albert Smith is believed to also be cinema’s earliest known example of parallel action. It is one of the most visually and conceptually sophisticated films made up to this point in history.


A Christmas Carol – The 1st Film Version

Scrooge; or Marley’s Ghost (1901) – Walter R. Booth

“Scrooge; or, Marley’s Ghost” is the oldest known film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel “A Christmas Carol”. Only about half of the original film has survived. It was shown to King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at Sandringham House in December 1901 in a Royal Command Performance.

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1st Projected Film

Exiting the Factory (1895) – Louis Lumiere

The 1st projected film, Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon (also known as La Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon, Employees Leaving the Lumière Factory, and Exiting the Factory), was filmed by Louis Lumière using his Cinématographe, an all-in-one camera, which also serves as a film projector and developer. This film was shown in 1895 at the Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris, along with nine other short movies.

The film consists of a single scene in which workers leave the Lumiere factory. The workers are mostly female who exit the large building 25 rue St. Victor, Montplaisir on the outskirts of Lyon, France, as if they had just finished a day’s work.

Three separate versions of this film exist. There are a number of differences between these, for example the clothing style changes demonstrating the different seasons in which they were filmed. They are often referred to as the “one horse,” “two horses,” and “no horse” versions, in reference to a horse-drawn carriage that appears in the first two versions (pulled by one horse in the original and two horses in the first remake).


1st Hand-Tinted Movie

Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895) – William K.L. Dickson

The 1st hand tinted movie, Annabelle Serpentine Dance, was filmed in Edison’s Black Maria Studios. Annabelle Moore, a young dancer from Broadway, is dressed in white veils that appear to change colors as she dances.


Happy 150th Birthday, Georges Melies!

1st Film Edit

The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895) – Alfred Clark

The 1st edit within a film, and also used for the purpose of a stop-motion effect. The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots shows a blindfolded Mary being led to the execution block. The executioner raises his axe and an edit occurs during which the actress is replaced by a mannequin. The mannequin’s head is chopped off and the executioner holds it in the air as the film ends.


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