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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.

In reality, it was merely sunshine and the diversity of topographies that lured filmmakers from New York and New Jersey to southern California. In the early days of the film industry, producers shot on outdoor stages in natural light, rather than utilizing electric light, so that dependable sunshine was a must. Southern California’s mixture of seascapes, mountains, desert, and other topographies in a relatively limited area was also a plus.

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.

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6 responses

  1. Magpie

    You’ll be missed, but be sure and bring back some of that cooler weather. 🙂 So, no I’m wondering, was Thomas Edison a not so nice guy??? Thoughts to ponder.

    July 13, 2012 at 8:23 AM

  2. Nat

    Didn’t know that about Edison!
    Hope you have a lovely time at the coast… lucky you!

    July 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM

  3. Can I go with you? Oh, I forgot. I’m going on a trip myself this weekend. I may even see some ocean! We can compare when we return.

    July 13, 2012 at 3:13 PM

  4. Lucky you. I hope you have a great time. Love the new banner shot.

    July 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

  5. Isn’t it amazing how quickly that vacation time passes!!!???? I hate it. You spend your whole time looking forward to the time away and when you’re there….it’s over!! I’ve seen several movie things going on when I lived in CA…..even sat behind Kirstie Alley on a plane:) That’s what I love about CA…..you never know who you’ll bump into:)

    July 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM

  6. hope you have fun with magpie today…smiles….tht first pic is gorgeous….i love the playfulness and the color in it too….heading out on vacay today myself…missouri for a week…smiels…see you around…

    July 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM