"In 1895 one of the very first films ever shown was called 'A Train Arrives in the Station' which had nothing more than a train arriving at a station."
"When the train came speeding towards the screen, the audience screamed because the thought they were in danger of being run over. No one had never seen it before." - So they say;)
"What began as a side-show novelty soon grew into something more when film makers discovered they could use this new medium to tell a story..."
Perhaps somewhat of an Urban Legend.. True or not, one really gets a sense of space and freedom in these small films as they offer a unique glimpse into the past.
Louis Lumiere is often credited as inventing the first motion picture camera in 1895. But in truth, several others had made similar inventions around the same time as Lumiere. What Lumiere invented was a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit and projector called the Cinematographe, three functions covered in one invention.
I visited Musée Lumière, once while in Lyon. The museum itself was quite elegant, but the early machinery and photographs were amazing.
How interesting it is to look back and see the creativity as well as the ingenuity behind these early stages in film.