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Making Moving Pictures (1908)

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A Day in the Vitagraph Studio. Of the thousands who daily witness moving picture exhibitions, the number who have any conception of the manner of making a picture is comparatively small. ... See full summary »

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A Day in the Vitagraph Studio. Of the thousands who daily witness moving picture exhibitions, the number who have any conception of the manner of making a picture is comparatively small. Therefore, to the majority this picture will prove a genuine novelty. It opens in the private office of the Vitagraph Company, where the manuscript is being carefully considered. The studio directors enter, receive their instructions, proceed to the studio, get out the cameras, give orders about scenery, props, etc. Then we get a view of the Vitagraph actors and actresses making up for their different characters. All preparations finished, the Vitagraph automobiles line up. The performers get in and proceed to the scene of operation, which happens to be, in this instance, a busy city thoroughfare. A trolley is held up, numerous little by-plays, not in the lines, occur to add variety and interest to the picture. This scene over, all hands return to the studio, where we see a stupid actor being put ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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It is intensely interesting
30 April 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In this film the Vitagraph people have reproduced for the benefit of the public the complicated process of making a film, from the time the contract is signed until the finished positive is ready to be run through the projecting apparatus. It is intensely interesting and gives some hint of the immense array of properties and the numerous actors' requisites which must be kept by every film producing house. It also illustrates forcibly and clearly the trials of those who direct the rehearsals, particularly in the crowded streets. The only thing about it which mars the film at all is some horse-play on the part of a few minor people. This might be advantageously eliminated. The photography is excellent, and the action is all that could be desired. Altogether it is an excellent film. – The Moving Picture World, January 2, 1909


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