When the moving picture camera was first invented in the late 1800s,
it wasn't used to tell stories. That would come later. At first,
filmmakers used it to capture scenes from everyday life. But that
was enough for the first film audiences. They flocked to see what
they had never seen before: moving images. Soon, of course, audiences
got bored. They wanted stories, with real sets and real actors.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
In this activity, you will have the chance to go back to the
days before movie stars, big budgets, exotic locations, and special
effects. All it takes is a movie or video camera...and the ability
to imagine what it was like to make and watch the world's first
movies. (If you don't have access to a movie or video camera,
you can try this activity with a still camera or drawing pad.)