Col. William N. Selig, the Man Who Invented Hollywood by Andrew A. Erish

By Andrew A. Erish

All histories of Hollywood are flawed. Why? phrases: Colonel Selig. This early pioneer laid the basis for the motion picture that we all know this day. lively from 1896 to 1938, William N. Selig was once chargeable for an awesome sequence of firsts, together with the 1st two-reel narrative movie and the 1st two-hour narrative function made in the United States; the 1st American motion picture serial with cliffhanger endings; the 1st westerns filmed within the West with genuine cowboys and Indians; the production of the jungle-adventure style; the 1st horror movie in the USA; the 1st profitable American newsreel (made in partnership with William Randolph Hearst); and the 1st everlasting movie studio in l. a.. Selig was once additionally one of the first to domesticate large overseas exhibition of yank movies, which created a world viewers and contributed to American domination of the medium.

In this ebook, Andrew Erish delves into the almost untouched Selig archive on the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences Library to inform the attention-grabbing tale of this unjustly forgotten movie pioneer. He lines Selig’s profession from his early paintings as a touring magician within the Midwest, to his founding of the 1st motion picture studio in la in 1909, to his landmark sequence of recommendations that also impression the movie undefined. As Erish recounts the various accomplishments of the guy who first famous that Southern California is the ideal position for moviemaking, he convincingly demonstrates that whereas others were credited with inventing Hollywood, Colonel Selig is really the one that such a lot merits that honor.

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W I L L I A M N . SE L IG farmer continued to work the family’s 725-acre cow and hay ranch near Gunnison after their parents’ death. The novelty of the film was seeing attractive girls attired in overalls and engaged in physical labor ordinarily performed by men. In addition to showing the girls chopping wood and raking and stacking hay, the film shows them eating watermelon, playing leapfrog, and sliding down a haystack.  . 23 Like many Coloradans, Buckwalter had been uncomfortable with the narrative content of Tracked by Bloodhounds, which he believed offered a negative image of the state he worked so tirelessly to promote.

The lower floors included Selig’s private office, dressing rooms, carpenter shops, and a machine shop where all Selig camera equipment was made. During hot summer days, air would be pumped into the studio from a cooling apparatus in the basement. A steel bridge connected the administration building/studio with another brick structure containing the wardrobe department and prop department. There was also a series of tunnels connecting several of the buildings with the studios so that actors, staff, and crew could avoid the elements.

Selig (between Edison and Blackton), Albert E. Smith, Jacques A. Berst, Harry N. Marvin, William Singhi, and Peter Huber. indd 29 11/30/11 11:32 AM COL . W I L L I A M N . SE L IG made on January 1, 1909. ”113 The MPPC implemented efficient new procedures regarding the production, distribution, and exhibition of motion pictures that would prevail for the next forty years. Encompassing virtually every American producer in existence at the time of its organization, the MPPC was designed to eliminate competition by closing the business to any potential newcomers.

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