Lumiere video follows filmmaking in the tradition of the Lumiere brothers, who are credited for some of the world’s first films. Incidentally, the word lumiere is French for light. Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen and Brittany Shoot drew up the Lumiere Manifesto, outlining their beliefs in what everyday video does and should do. According to them, video without context can be beautiful.No distractions and effects are allowed.The value of the image lies in the multiple interpretations by the viewer.
These are the principles they propose:
- No zoom
- No edit
- No effects
- 60 seconds max.
- Fixed camera
- No audio
Would you like to make Lumiere videos?
[Continuing our two-part series on ethics of shooting with your video camera, here are the other things you must consider.]
Third, what the video is for. Whether you’re recording for personal use or commercial use makes a difference. When money changes hands, it is best to have a clear conscience and to ensure that you have not overstepped any boundaries or abused someone’s rights to reasonable compensation.
Fourth, where you are showing the finished video and to whom. Is it going to be for family and friends, or are you going to broadcast it to the world online? Take care when identifying your subjects. They might not want videos of them coming up on searches of their names.
They look cool and easy to carry, but is the new generation of portable video cameras better than their bulky, overweight predecessors? It depends on the make and model, of course. But consider the ergonomic implications of a small video cam and make sure you handle it before purchasing. Trying out the controls yourself is the best way to determine fit and comfort. If you are buying online, a trip down the showroom will be worth the effort, whether or not the return policy is sound. It saves you the disappointment of finding the placement of the buttons awkward for your fingers, or the grip inconvenient for your palm.