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The first recorded instance of photographs capturing and reproducing motion was a series of photographs of a running horse by Eadweard Muybridgewhich he took in Palo Alto, California using a set of still cameras placed in a row.
Muybridge's accomplishment led inventors everywhere to attempt to make similar devices. In the United States, Thomas Edison was among the first to produce such a device, the kinetoscope.
Harold Lloyd in the famous clock scene from Safety Last! The industry got its start at the end of the 19th century with the construction of Thomas Edison's " Black Maria ", the first motion-picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
The cities and towns on the Hudson River and Hudson Palisades offered land at costs considerably less than New York City across the river and benefited greatly as a result of the phenomenal growth of the film industry at the turn of the 20th century.
Such notables as Mary Pickford got their start at Biograph Studios. The Edison Studios were located in the Bronx. Chelsea, Manhattan was also frequently used. Picture CityFlorida was also a planned site for a movie picture production center in the s, but due to the Okeechobee hurricanethe idea collapsed and Picture City returned to its original name of Hobe Sound.
Other major centers of film production also included ChicagoTexas, California, and Cuba. The film patents wars of the early 20th century led to the spread of film companies across the US Many worked with equipment for which they did not own the rights and thus filming in New York could be dangerous; it was close to Edison's Company headquarters, and to agents the company set out to seize cameras.
Bymost major film companies had set up production facilities in Southern California near or in Los Angeles because of the region's favorable year-round weather. They started filming on a vacant lot near Georgia Street in downtown Los Angeles.
While there, the company decided to explore new territories, traveling several miles north to Hollywood, a little village that was friendly and enjoyed the movie company filming there. Griffith then filmed the first movie ever shot in Hollywood, In Old Californiaa Biograph melodrama about California in the 19th century, when it belonged to Mexico.
Griffith stayed there for months and made several films before returning to New York. After hearing about Griffith's success in Hollywood, inmany movie-makers headed west to avoid the fees imposed by Thomas Edisonwho owned patents on the movie-making process.
California 's more hospitable and cost-effective climate led to the eventual shift of virtually all filmmaking to the West Coast by the s. At the time, Thomas Edison owned almost all the patents relevant to motion picture production and movie producers on the East Coast acting independently of Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company were often sued or enjoined by Edison and his agents while movie makers working on the West Coast could work independently of Edison's control.
Before World War Imovies were made in several US cities, but filmmakers tended to gravitate towards southern California as the industry developed. They were attracted by the warm climate and reliable sunlight, which made it possible to film movies outdoors year-round and by the varied scenery that was available.
There are several starting points for cinema particularly American cinemabut it was Griffith's controversial epic Birth of a Nation that pioneered the worldwide filming vocabulary that still dominates celluloid to this day.
In the early 20th century, when the medium was new, many Jewish immigrants found employment in the US film industry. They were able to make their mark in a brand-new business: Soon they were the heads of a new kind of enterprise: The US had at least one female director, producer and studio head in these early years: They also set the stage for the industry's internationalism; the industry is often accused of Amero-centric provincialism.
Other moviemakers arrived from Europe after World War I: At motion pictures' height of popularity in the mids, the studios were cranking out a total of about movies a year, seen by an audience of 90 million Americans per week.
Sound also became widely used in Hollywood in the late s. Meanwhile, inUS politician Will H.
In the early times of talkiesAmerican studios found that their sound productions were rejected in foreign-language markets and even among speakers of other dialects of English.
The synchronization technology was still too primitive for dubbing. One of the solutions was creating parallel foreign-language versions of Hollywood films. Aroundthe American companies[ which?
Also, foreign unemployed actors, playwrights, and winners of photogenia contests were chosen and brought to Hollywood, where they shot parallel versions of the English-language films. These parallel versions had a lower budget, were shot at night and were directed by second-line American directors who did not speak the foreign language.
The productions were not very successful in their intended markets, due to the following reasons:The history of cinema in the United States can trace its roots to the East Coast where, at one time, Fort Lee, New Jersey was the motion-picture capital of America.
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