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Studios Before the SystemArchitecture, Technology, and the Emergence of Cinematic Space$
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Brian R. Jacobson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172813

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172813.001.0001

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Black Boxes and Open-Air Stages

Black Boxes and Open-Air Stages

Film Studio Technology and Environmental Control from the Laboratory to the Rooftop

(p.23) 1 Black Boxes and Open-Air Stages
Studios Before the System

Brian R. Jacobson

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines W.K.L. Dickson’s Black Maria studio and its critical role in Dickson and Thomas Edison’s invention of moving images. It argues that the Black Maria films’ “framed aesthetic” was the product of the studio’s architectural form and reflected the technological enframing by which Dickson’s design strove to put the sun on reserve for cinematic representation.

Keywords:   Black Maria, Edison, W.K.L. Dickson, Heidegger, Enframing, studio

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