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Film History: Week of January 18th

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Film History: Week of January 18th Film 2700

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Notes of lectures 2 & 3 for the course History of Motion Pictures
History Of Motion Picture
Charlie Michael
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Film, History of Motion Pictures, film history, Lecture Notes




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Date Created: 01/08/16
Week of 01/18/16 The First Motion Picture Lecture 2 Terminology Rough consensus of the reference of the 1 twenty years of cinema  Pre- Cinema: Up to 1895  Early Cinema: 1895-1907  Transitional Cinema: 1907-1915(ish)  Early Feature Filmmaking: 1915(ish)- late teens Pre- Cinema Inventions - 1890, by this time about 5 elements came together to set the conditions for cinema to occur - It would be wrong to say that there is one inventor of cinema - Lots of individuals were actually working on different things that came together to eventually create early cinema. Five Major Inventions 1. Optical toys & Devices Ex. The Zoetrope 2. Rapid Projection of Images Ex. Magic Lantern (in existence since the 17 century) 3. Successive pictures on a clear surface Clear surfaces such as: -glass plate -metal plate  Heliotype (1826) by Nicéphonre Niéce Week of 01/18/16  First permanent photographic image. Need a lot of exposure time (8-20hrs)  Heavy Example -paper  Calotype (1839) by Henry Fox Talbot  Permanent image on paper  Easy to reproduce  Lightweight  However reduces quality of image Example 4. Flexible Base  Rapid passage through camera  Kodak (George Eastman) did this for still photograph  Which brought about domestic cameras 5. Intermittent mechanism  material could move through without tearing  borrowed concept from the already existent sewing machine Major Precursors  Edweard Muybridge  Responsible for the running horse project to find out if all of the horse’s feet are off the ground at once. Week of 01/18/16  Accomplished by trip wire and 24 still cameras.  Etienne Jules Marey  Invents photographic gun -which helps him be the first to create an image with multiple images inside one image  Emile Reynaud  Praxinoscope - uses stripes of images placed on the inside of a cylinder, which were reflected in a prism of mirrors.  Thomas Edison  Kinetoscope Week of 01/18/16 -one person motion picture viewer -consisted of a pulley system for film strips -mostly in barber shops and “masculine” places  Black Maria = First black box production studio  WKL Dickson  worked for Edison  responsible for lots inventions credited to Edison  Mutoscope -variation of Edison’s Kinetoscope -becomes Kinetoscope’s competitor -Uses flip cards instead of film strips  Motion Picture Company: American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.  The Lumiére Brothers ( Auguste & Louis )  Credited with creation of cinema  Invention: Cinomatograph Week of 01/18/16 -make & create film -lightweight -hand crank th  December 28 . 1895 Cinema begins: first public screening with a paying audience Where: The Grand Café in Paris What: 10 films -1 film shown: “Workers Leaving the Factory” George Méliès was present  Known for actualités = slice of life - “Showing the world to the world” Early Cinema  Early films are less than a minute -1905, they average about 5-10 mins  Topics of films based off news and actual life  Presentation draws from theater & photography  Common features: frontality, spectacle, performance, actuality Week of 01/18/16 How to Tell a Story: Early Cinema Méliès, Porter, & Griffth Lecture 3 George Méliès  Magician  Because of his profession, many of his movies contained special effects  He is considered to be the “Grandfather of Special Effects”  Attended the first cinema  Leading movie producer (1895-1912)  520 films produced  Production Company: Star Film Production Co.  “A Trip to the Moon” (1902)  Most popular film  Popular scene: Rocket crashes into the moon’s eye  Mise-en-scene  Make comparisons between Méliès’ high productions, special effects films to The Lumiére’s actualités.  Melies fast rise to fame came with a fast fall  1908, business begins to wane  1911, only films being made were Westerns by his brother  1913, bankruptcy- company is acquired by Pathé “Cinema of Attraction” (Tom Gunning)  Gunning: Cinema was not about telling a story (pre-1907)  Méliès/ Lumiéres is a false opposition  Individuals believed that the productions Méliès and Lumiére were different  One telling a story, and the other just a snippet of actual life  However, both are showing something. A thrill.  Mundane things were seen as exciting -consider the times  Examples of “attractions”  The Big Swallow (1901)  Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)  Miss Dundee and her Performing Dogs (1903)  The Gay Shoe Clerk (1904) Week of 01/18/16 Pathé Frères  Founded by four brothers in 1896  Started as a film equipment company  1900, Ferdinand Zecca was fired to direct films  First studio heads  Mastermind behind many early genres, like chase films -The Policeman’s Little Run (1907)  1902, acquires Lumiéres patents  Quickly became the dominant producers  Silent films caused no language or translation barriers  America could not compete  Edison had the market bogged down with patent wars -French studio picked up the slack - France capitalizes on world market for early cinema Edwin S. Porter  Most popular director at Edison’s Biograph  Important figure of cinema  Over 250 films directed  Most famous titles  The Life of an American Fireman (1903)  The Great Train Robbery (1903) MPPC = Motion Picture Patents Company (1908)  To stop the patent wars in America, MPPC was started  Big American production companies  Agreed to share their technologies  Downsides  have to be a part of the MPPC to use patents  small production companies were excluded Nickelodeon Theaters (1905)  first place just for showing films (exhibitions)  costs a nickel Push to Attract Middle Class  Improvement of nickelodeon theaters  Standard lighting  Better sitting  Better ventilation  Self-censorship: make films that are morally upright Week of 01/18/16 Rise of the Star System  Actors were not being credited during early years  As cinema progressed the public began to request actors specifically


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