Les Frères Lumière Court-métrage



Students create a short one shot video in the style of the Lumière Brothers and other turn of the century film pioneers. During the project, students explore early cinema and reflect on how the work of pioneering filmmakers still reverberates today. Students will learn to plan a short narrative film and create a cohesive video product without the benefit of utilizing modern filming technology or video editing. They will, so to speak, walk in the shoes of the very pioneers they study.

Lesson Time

Introduction and History
50 Minutes
Production Basics and Mise-en-scene
50 Minutes
Lumiere Short and Post-edits
100 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Student Objectives / Goals


California English Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (5)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Understand and speak about the early progression of film in a historical context.
  • Identify the techniques and tools used by early film makers.
  • Develop and enact a short, single shot film narrative.
  • Recognize the similarities and differences between different film makers of the late 19th century.
  • Understand and write about the social context surrounding the early pioneers of film.
  • Demonstrate understanding of early film traditions still present in today's video production arts.

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