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Hollywood Movie Making Photos

Hollywood Movie Making Photos

Glamour.  Scandal.  Riches.  The silent film era during the 1920s epitomized a fast-moving, hedonistic, exciting period in Los Angeles history, and nowhere was this more evident than along the Hollywood-Los Feliz-Silver Lake motion picture axis and in Hollywood proper.

Vintage Hollywood Movie Studio photo

Hollywoodphotographs.com website

The largest collection of Hollywood movie making photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. There are more than 1500 vintage photographs of movie making in Hollywood.

Los Feliz as a movie studio mecca?  Today hardly anything remains to remind us of the thriving...

Hollywood's First Movie Studio Photos

Nestor Film Co.

The best collection of Hollywood movie studios photos can be found on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. There are more than 1500 vintage studio photos. The distinction of having established the first motion picture studio in Hollywood goes to the Nestor Film Company of Bayonne, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York.  The company was started by David Horsley and Charles Gorman in 1907 and was originally called the Cenatur Film Company.  Their first picture was “The Cowboy’s Escapade”, a one reeler released in September, 1908.  They produced a series of short films during the next two years but were frequently harassed by the Trust’s detectives.  Not wishing to continue the challenge, Gorman sold his interest to his partner’s brother, William.  The Brothers reorganized the company and the Nestor Film Company was born. On October 27, 1911, a...

Vintage Photos of Hollywood Cowboys

Hollywood Cowboys

Two of the screen’s greatest cowboys – Gene Autry and most revered Western movie actor of the silent era, William S. Hart – have left behind handsome museums that remain a testament to their legacy, and their love of both the real West and its Hollywood cousin. 

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Early Hollywood Cowboys

Though he wasn’t the first screen cowboy – that honor goes to “Bronco Billy” Anderson William S. Hart brought authenticity to the western movie. In his films, the landscape and environment of the country was every bit as important an element as the cast and scenario.  This would become the genre of film that a long line of actors such as Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd, Tim McCoy, Gary Cooper, John...

Silent Era Movie Making and Vintage Photos

The following is an article that appeared in the Discover Hollywood Magazine.

Early Movie Studios

Glamour.  Scandal.  Riches.  The silent film era during the 1920s epitomized a fast-moving, hedonistic, exciting period in Los Angeles history, and nowhere was this more evident than along the Hollywood-Los Feliz-Silver Lake motion picture axis.

Los Feliz as a movie studio mecca?  Today hardly anything remains to remind us of the thriving motion picture industry that transformed the suburban ranch and farming community east of the new township of Hollywood into an exclusive residential development.

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In 1908, when the film industry, then located mainly in New York, New Jersey and Chicago, moved to the Los Angeles basin, the...

Early Hollywood movie making

Movie Come To Hollywood

Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, most of the film making companies were located in the New Jersey area and in Chicago. All the movies made then were ”silents” in which there was on audio when the movie was being shown.  All the cameras were operated by cranking a handle that moved the film through the camera.  Almost all the films were made outdoors, usually on a wooden platform stage with walls on three sides. It wasn’t until about 1913 that enclosed glass stages were used so filming could take place indoors. Because of climatic conditions in the east and in the mid-west, film production slowed dramatically when winter set in.

By 1910, film companies began searching for places where movies could be made all year long.  The first company to establish a permanent studio in Hollywood was the Nestor’s Film Co., from Bayonne, New Jersey.  They...

John Bengstson's Book 'Silent Visions' Is a Masterpiece of Research

John Bengston has tracked down the original locations for the three biggest comedy stars of the silent era.  His books are a treasure trove for historians and film lovers, reminding us that these early films are not just masterpieces of comedy but also remarkable time capsules of early 20th century America.  His  Silent Visions: Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold LloydpastedGraphic.pdf is a follow-up to his Silent Echoes: Discovering...