By Andrew A. Erish
All histories of Hollywood are flawed. Why? phrases: Colonel Selig. This early pioneer laid the basis for the motion picture that we all know this day. lively from 1896 to 1938, William N. Selig used to be accountable for an grand sequence of firsts, together with the 1st two-reel narrative movie and the 1st two-hour narrative function made in the US; the 1st American motion picture serial with cliffhanger endings; the 1st westerns filmed within the West with genuine cowboys and Indians; the production of the jungle-adventure style; the 1st horror movie in the US; the 1st winning American newsreel (made in partnership with William Randolph Hearst); and the 1st everlasting movie studio in la. Selig was once additionally one of the first to domesticate vast foreign exhibition of yankee movies, which created a global viewers and contributed to American domination of the medium.
In this e-book, Andrew Erish delves into the just about untouched Selig archive on the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences Library to inform the attention-grabbing tale of this unjustly forgotten movie pioneer. He lines 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 ideas that also impression the movie undefined. As Erish recounts the numerous accomplishments of the fellow who first famous that Southern California is the ideal 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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Indd 30 11/30/11 11:32 AM CHAPTER 2 Making Westerns in the West WILLIAM SELIG WAS AMONG THE FEW PIONEERING FILMMAKERS TO produce actuality (documentary) films in the West at the turn of the twentieth century. The choice of images and the methods for producing these films formed the basis for Selig’s narrative Westerns, for several years distinguishing his production style and content from those of all other filmmakers. However, just as his Westerns would eventually result in a legacy of influence that extends to the present, so Selig’s own productions were inspired by a variety of sources.
34 After working for Selig, Anderson would become popular as the cinema’s first cowboy star, Broncho Billy. Anderson had earlier played three supporting roles in Great Train Robbery (though he’d never ridden a horse before), which he parlayed into a directing assignment for Vitagraph prior to joining Selig. 35 Anderson directed three Colorado Westerns and five comedies within a six-week span at the beginning of 1907 during unseasonably warm weather. 37 In love with a cowboy, she rejects the advances of an “Easterner,” who then becomes vindictive.
Selig told Armour he couldn’t do it: fighting the Edison litigation had left him financially drained. Armour’s own situation was so desperate that he agreed to take control of Selig’s legal defense in return for the creation and dissemination of the prints he desired. The Selig Polyscope Company was thus saved from imminent demise by Philip D. ”56 When Selig resumed the production of narrative dramas and comedies at his Chicago studio during the summer of 1906, he hired Gilbert M. indd 17 11/30/11 11:32 AM COL .