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About us

Portability Throughout the History of Cameras

The mission of this website is to introduce young people to the portable cameras that shaped the history of cinema and our vision of the world. Through a selection of film clips, informative fact sheets, podcasts and a virtual filmmaking activity, they will learn about the six cameras in our virtual collection. They will have an opportunity to manipulate these cameras by filming a clip in the Shoot your own Scene section, and will gain insight into the influence these devices have had on the relationships between camera operators’ bodies, cameras themselves and the subjects being filmed.

Shoot your own Scene!

This interactive filmmaking experience aims to give 12- to 17-year-olds a sense of how the evolution in portability of six selected cameras changed the way people perceive and represent the world. They will be invited to manipulate the cameras in order to learn about the mechanics of filmmaking and understand the influence cameras have on the relationships between camera operators, cameras and subjects, thus gaining a deeper understanding of what goes on “behind the scenes.”

Discover the Cameras

The Discover the Cameras section is full of additional information for those who wish to learn more about the cameras.

Podcast Journeys

The Podcast Journeys section provides additional information to those who would like to learn more about the cameras through an auditory experience

Ressources pédagogiques

Are you a teacher? Our Educational toolkits are designed to guide and support in-class learning.

Financial Assistance

This online project was developed with the support of the Digital Museums Canada investment program. Digital Museums Canada is managed by the Canadian Museum of History, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.

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My Camera and Me is a production of the Cinémathèque Québécoise.

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This project was made possible through the support of our valued partners

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Project Manager

Marina Gallet

Research and Coordination

Farah Mourgues

Project Leader (2020-2021)

Élisabeth Meunier


Vali Fugulin
Marina Gallet
Farah Mourgues
Rémy Besson


Vali Fugulin
Solen Labrie Trépanier

Scientific Consultants

Rémy Besson, Chercheur postdoctoral et coordonnateur scientifique (TECHNÈS)
Fabrice Montal, Programmateur-Conservateur, cinéma, télévision, et nouveaux médias – volets québécois, canadien et international (Cinémathèque québécoise)
Louis Pelletier, Chercheur postdoctoral et coordonnateur scientifique (TECHNÈS, Cinémathèque québécoise)
Nicolas Dulac, Conseiller scientifique (TECHNÈS)

Written by

Farah Mourgues
Pascale Bilodeau
Élisabeth Meunier
Véronique Boilard (Transcriptions descriptives des vidéos)

Rights Clearance

Nicolas Dulac
Catherine Gadbois-Laurendeau
Rachel Bergeron-Cyr

Content Integration

David Fortin
Nicolas Dulac

Podcast Production


Coordination: Alexandra Viau

Script Developer and Producer: Nancy Pettinicchio

Sound Designer: Thibaut Quinchon

Educational Toolkits

Élisabeth Meunier


Farah Mourgues
Véronique Boilard
Catherine Gadbois-Laurendeau


Tania Grant

Narration (Podcasts and Shoot your own Scene)

Gabrielle Lamarche (French)
Arlen Aguayo-Stewart (English)

Narration Recording


Design, Art Direction, Programming, Integration and Quality Control


Educational Consultants

Martin Bilodeau
Anne-Marie Cousineau


Our sincerest thanks to all those who contributed to the development of this project: Philippe Lavalette, who assisted us during the classroom workshops in January 2019, Catherine Houtekier, Anne-Marie Cousineau and the students and teachers who participated in the various focus groups.Special thanks to those who lent their time and expertise to this project. From the Cinémathèque québécoise: Julienne Boudreau, Sylvie Brouillette, Jean-Baptiste Combette, Chantale Crépeault, Mónica Díaz, Maxime Dumas, Jean Gagnon, Marcel Jean, Andrea Kuchembuck, Eva Létourneau, and Julia Minne. From TECHNÈS: Philippe Bédard, Emmanuel Château-Dutier, Alex Delagrave, Isabelle L’heureux, Joachim Raginel and Annaëlle Winand. From Médiafilm: Olivier Lefébure and Lorraine Thilloy.

Thanks to our collaborators

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Photo, Text and Sound Archives

Every effort has been made to identify the copyright holders of the films; audiovisual, photographic and written archives; and sources appearing herein. The copyright owners of each item are identified in a caption beneath the corresponding item on the website. Unless explicitly stated otherwise in a caption, these copyrights are the property of third parties. Any use of this content for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. Should you wish to use any of the content, we invite you to contact the appropriate copyright holder.

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3D Digital Rendering

All 3D digital renderings of the cameras have been reproduced with the permission of TECHNÈS and remain the property of TECHNÈS.


All podcasts are licensed under CC-BY-ND 4.0 (Attribution-NoDerivatives).

Original Website Content and Educational Toolkits

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