Col. William N. Selig, the Man Who Invented Hollywood by Andrew A. Erish

By Andrew A. Erish

All histories of Hollywood are unsuitable. Why? phrases: Colonel Selig. This early pioneer laid the basis for the motion picture that we all know at the present time. lively from 1896 to 1938, William N. Selig was once 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 United States; the 1st American motion picture serial with cliffhanger endings; the 1st westerns filmed within the West with actual cowboys and Indians; the production of the jungle-adventure style; the 1st horror movie in the United States; 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 wide overseas exhibition of yankee motion pictures, which created a world viewers and contributed to American domination of the medium.

In this e-book, Andrew Erish delves into the almost untouched Selig archive on the Academy of movie Arts and Sciences Library to inform the interesting tale of this unjustly forgotten movie pioneer. He lines Selig’s occupation 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 thoughts that also impression the movie undefined. As Erish recounts the numerous accomplishments of the fellow who first well-known that Southern California is definitely the right position for moviemaking, he convincingly demonstrates that whereas others were credited with inventing Hollywood, Colonel Selig is really the person who so much merits that honor.

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Porter filmed Life of a Cowboy (1906) on Staten Island, not far from the Edison studio. 33 No longer available to write or direct Colorado Westerns due to the demands of his growing business in Chicago, Selig hired Gilbert M. 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.

Selig continued doing business with the Warners for nearly twenty years. Among the thousands of Selig documents that survive, harsh words are reserved for only a few people. Col. Selig’s greatest enmity might have been toward Carl Laemmle. indd 19 11/30/11 11:32 AM COL . W I L L I A M N . SE L IG Scouts. Laemmle poured his profits back into his companies, opening new theaters and exchange offices around the country while mounting a relentless, vicious, and expensive advertising campaign in the trade press against Selig and the other pioneering companies.

The woman’s husband quickly gathers a posse and, with the aid of bloodhounds, pursues the tramp into wooded hills outside of town. After combating various pursuers, the tramp is captured and hanged from a tree.  W. 17 During this transition from actualities and single-shot fictions to longer, multi-shot narratives, producers often employed such double titles to help audiences better understand these relatively sophisticated stories. Tracked by Bloodhounds was shot in Cripple Creek during April 1904, with Selig directing, Nash operating the camera, and Buckwalter procuring locations and talent.

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