By Andrew A. Erish
All histories of Hollywood are unsuitable. Why? phrases: Colonel Selig. This early pioneer laid the basis for the motion picture that we all know this day. energetic from 1896 to 1938, William N. Selig used to be answerable for an grand sequence of firsts, together with the 1st two-reel narrative movie and the 1st two-hour narrative characteristic made in the US; the 1st American motion picture serial with cliffhanger endings; the 1st westerns filmed within the West with actual cowboys and Indians; the production of the jungle-adventure style; the 1st horror movie in the US; the 1st profitable American newsreel (made in partnership with William Randolph Hearst); and the 1st everlasting movie studio in l. a.. Selig used to be additionally one of the first to domesticate broad overseas exhibition of yankee movies, which created a world viewers and contributed to American domination of the medium.
In this e-book, Andrew Erish delves into the almost untouched Selig archive on the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences Library to inform the interesting tale of this unjustly forgotten movie pioneer. He strains Selig’s profession from his early paintings as a touring magician within the Midwest, to his founding of the 1st motion picture studio in l. a. in 1909, to his landmark sequence of concepts that also effect the movie undefined. As Erish recounts the various accomplishments of the guy who first famous that Southern California is the correct position for moviemaking, he convincingly demonstrates that whereas others were credited with inventing Hollywood, Colonel Selig is admittedly the person who so much merits that honor.
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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.
The inadvertent mishaps of the two Crow riders proved so dazzling that such feats would become familiar stunts in Western narratives. Similarly, Nash’s direction of the riders to fork at the camera would become an iconic shot of virtually all action cinema. At the suggestion of the Smithsonian Institute, Selig sent Buckwalter and Nash to film Utes, Pueblos, Apaches, and Navajos throughout the Southwest during the fall of 1902. The Smithsonian desired a filmic record of outlawed tribal dances and religious customs for historical preservation before they were completely forgotten.
Unlike Vitagraph or Lubin, Selig did not operate his own film exchange for the rental and distribution of film prints to nickelodeons; instead, he supplied scores of exchanges with his films. Selig even helped finance William Swanson’s entry into the exchange business. indd 20 11/30/11 11:32 AM T H E BI RT H OF A MO T ION PIC T U R E COM PA N Y companies. H. 74 Presumably exhibitors such as Frazee would have the option of purchasing a film outright directly from Selig, or renting one at a lower rate from an exchange serving his community.
Col. William N. Selig, the Man Who Invented Hollywood by Andrew A. Erish