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Lumière Minutes

What is it ?

In Paris in 1895, two brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumière exhibited their latest invention – the cinematograph. Throughout the following years they sent specially trained operators across the four corners of the world to film human life, in all its great diversity. The footage that the operators brought back astonished all that saw it.

The camera was sat upon a tripod and, when the moment was right, the operator would crank a handle, moving the film through the machine, recording all it saw in front of it.  With the apparatus sitting static on a tripod all of the shots were from a fixed perspective, that was unless the camera, tripod and operator themselves were already on a moving vehicle. As the reels of film were rather short, the shots, or Lumière views, didn’t last more than a minute. 

Today we recall the work of the Lumière Brothers by filming the world in a single, 60 second shot with the added addition of colour, sound and more, echoing those first cinematic gestures.

Shots from the Lumière cameramen, circa 1900 © Institut Lumière

Rules of the Game

Record a short film of one minute from a static position, whether inside or out, recording the sound directly at source. The camera records from one position without panning, although it can be placed on or in a moving object : a car; lift; train or underground train amongst others.

Each student, or small group of students, chooses the location and subject of their shot, choosing exactly the right moment to start recording their film, then 60 seconds later with watch in hand, they have to stop the shot, as if the reel had finished, just like a Lumière operator of old. This way each shot is a result of both choice - and luck. The Lumiere Minute should be named by the student themselves, or the group itself. The selected minutes that you can watch below reflect the children and the teenagers' vision of the world throughout their different regions and different countries.


Lumière Minutes shot in CCAJ Workshops in 2014