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Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

This interactive little story is a revisit of a classic in the silent film genre, that explores the specific effects of digital-only comics that cannot be conveyed onto the paper format.

This unique digital experience is a reconstitution of an 1896 cinema which allows the viewer to be part of a famous event; the very first screening of the Lumière Brothers’ short film L’arrivée d’un train en gare de la Ciotat (Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat). The film is renowned for causing a lot of turmoil amongst the viewers, who ran away from the screening, thinking a train was actually going to plough into them. You can scroll to control the train speed, but the animations have special surprise effects, using parallax and fade-out techniques. The comical side of this historical anecdote is amplified as the train actually does get out of the frame... And of the screen!

 Tablet / smartphone / computer


© Kwalia, 2018 ■ Scénario et réalisation : Florian DUPAS ■ Dessin : VIDU

Florian DUPAS
Writer and Director

Florian DUPAS founded the company Kwalia in February 2017 with the aim of offering authors tools and services to facilitate creation, interactive or enriched digital stories. He has worked on several innovative animated visual storytelling projects, including the French shonen manga Bravery (drawn by Yoann Le Scoul at Editions H2T), which is the first publication in DiViNa format. The company Kwalia participates in the "BD Comics Manga" working group set up by the EDRLab with the aim of defining a format.