Panorama Shot and Panoramic Sweep

Le village de Namo – Panorama pris d’une chaise à porteurs
R / K: Gabriel Veyre. P: Lumière. Fr 1900

“The filmmaker is Gabriel Veyre, who helped introduce the Cinématographe and, thus, cinema to Mexico City, Cuba, Japan, China and elsewhere. For this film, Veyre was in Indochina. The film is a panorama shot-scene lasting just under a minute. The panorama film, as coined by Lumière, is a moving-camera shot – usually accomplished by placing the camera on a moving transport, such as a boat or train. (…) Here, Veyre placed the camera in a rickshaw. As he’s pulled away, children chase after him and the camera. Unlike other panoramas, and because of the rickshaw vantage point, the camera-work is unsteady. Consequently, this is a beautiful and unique early actuality film, which remains in excellent quality. (…) Moreover, with its moving, exiting framing and chasing children, the film seems to be an appropriate farewell to the company, filmmakers and the Cinématographe that were most responsible for introducing cinema to the world.”

Pennsylvania Tunnel Exvacation
R / K: Billy Bitzer. P: American Mutoscope & Biograph. USA 1905

“This slow 180-degree panoramic sweep of the excavation of the Pennsylvania Station tunnels provides a rare and unique glimpse of the scope of the work, including a view of the narrow-gauge work train. The ambitious project was begun in 1904, it was designed by McKim, Mead, and White and completed in September of 1910. The station would span from 31st to 33rd Streets, between 7th and 8th Avenues, an area of approximately 300,000 square feet connecting a massive rail tunnel system, bringing the Pennsylvania and Lehigh Railroads under the Hudson River and the Long Island Railroad under the East River to a terminal in the center of Manhattan, accommodating a network of twenty-seven tracks.”