Before Hollywood

Before Hollywood

From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen

Book - 2005
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Illustrated with black-and-white archival prints, drawings, and photographs From the simple camera obscura of the 1500s to the 17th century’s giant magic lanterns to the early films of Thomas Edison and the Lumicre brothers in the late 1800s, here is an intriguing story of invention and showmanship. Many of the techniques adopted by Hollywood were worked out by tinkerers, lanternists, and magicians in front of shocked and amazed audiences long before the first flickering black-and-white film was ever shown. This fascinating book explains how today’s moviesas well as photographs, special effects, and animationcame to be.

Peppered with first-hand accounts and newspaper reports, excerpts from the notes of early inventors and filmmakers, and descriptions and diagrams of detailed optical gadgets, Before Hollywood provides a window into the world of entertainment before movies were invented. It offers an illustrated tour of the beginnings of technologies that we take for granted today. Sidebars, afterword, timeline, endnotes, bibliography, Internet resources, and index.


Baker & Taylor
An illustrated tour of invention and showmanship explains how today's movies--as well as photographs, special effects, and animation--came to be, providing a window into the world of entertainment before movies were invented.

Baker
& Taylor

Provides a history of cinematography from Leonardo da Vinci's description of the camera obscura in 1500, through the movie palaces of the early twentieth century, focusing on the technical equipment and supplies used in the industry.

Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780618445332
0618445331
Characteristics: 188 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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