Fun In The Sun
In the early 1900’s the film industry began to shift operations from the east coast to California. This was in part a backlash against the Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC, also known as the Edison Trust). From 1909 on, The MPCC pooled their resources, and legally monopolized the growing American film industry, specifically in New York and on the East Coast. Their main goal, to stifle up-and-coming independent film makers, was accomplished by hiring lawyers and strong men to enforce their restrictions. They raised admission prices, limited censorship by cooperating with regulatory bodies, and prevented film stock from getting into the hands of non-members.
Although Thomas Edison conceived the modern motion picture camera it was actually designed by an employee, William K.L. Dickson. In fact, there are quite a few inventions for which Edison has been given undeserved credit, and some people still get quite upset by that.
It’s not unusual to see location shoots as you stroll along the beach. I’m always amazed by the sheer number of people it takes to make a movie or TV show.
I am headed to the coast this weekend to visit some good friends and looking forward to some cooler weather.