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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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The Studio Beyond the Studio

The Studio Beyond the Studio

Nature, Technology, and Location in Southern California

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Studios Before the System

Brian R. Jacobson

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the transition to Hollywood and the peculiar reinvention of studio form and the emergence of both the studio backlot and the concept of “location” there between 1909 and 1915. The creation of studio backlots, it argues, offered a working solution to the same basic tension that drove studio design two decades earlier: filmmakers still needed bright sunlight, and they continued to create technological spaces to regulate the sun and put nature on reserve for cinematic representation.

Keywords:   Los Angeles, Hollywood, Selig Polyscope, Backlot, Location, studio

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