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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.

Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?

Do you ever feel like the universe has put you in a Timeout? I’ve been feeling a little lost lately. Maybe I miss my camera. So today I treated myself to a Coconut Mocha at Starbucks and some leisure time just browsing my iPad. That’s not something I normally do, but it was nice for a change.

I am wondering what kind of camera you use and if anyone here has used a micro four thirds camera? I have been dong some research on them, and I’m intrigued.

So Long, and Thanks For All The Flash*

This is the last photo my camera took before committing suicide by jumping out of Magpie’s truck. I’ve been in mourning and also struggling with the obvious questions. Is someone trying to tell me something? Maybe this event has happened to force me into a different direction?

Plenty of time to ponder these thoughts while I save up some dough.

*Au revoir