Trucking Shot and Panoramic Sweep

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

“For this shot, roving Lumiere exhibitor and cameraman Gabriel Veyre placed his camera in a rickshaw and had it run, with the children of a village somewhere in Indochina running after.
It’s an interesting shot, but although it was called a panorama, it was what is today called a trucking shot. In that era, any moving shot was called a panorama. Its modern meaning of a shot in which the camera was turned, offering the audience a wider field of vision: if not at once, then eventually. It would be in the middle of the next decade that the modern sense of a panorama or pan shot would come into use, most obviously with Billy Bitzer’s Pennsylvania Station Excavation in 1905.”

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.”