1st Telescoped PoV Close-Up in Film

As Seen Through a Telescope (1900) – George Albert Smith

The 1st Telescoped PoV close-up in film: As Seen Through a Telescope by George Albert Smith uses an irised close-up to give the impression of filming through a telescope, thus giving the viewer the point of view of the main character. There is also a voyeuristic element as the lead (and each of us) witnesses a bit of naughty action.



1st PoV Close-Up

Grandma’s Reading Glass (1900) – George Albert Smith

The 1st POV Close-Up in film: Grandma’s Reading Glass by George Albert Smith features a young child who borrows a huge magnifying glass to focus on various objects, which was shot to demonstrate the new technique of close-up.


1st Shot Continuity

A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899) – George Albert Smith

One of the 1st examples of shot continuity, A Kiss in the Tunnel by George Albert Smith begins as a phantom ride, cuts to within the train upon entering the tunnel, and then cuts back to the ride upon exiting.


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 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.


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