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The Move From Silent Films to Sound Films
Transcript of The Move From Silent Films to Sound Films
-A typical film, silent or sound cost 10 to 50 cents.
-The show was a special experience and was a really interesting thing to see (and hear).
-There was usually an orchestra in the front of the theater to give emotion to the film.
-some people didn't enjoy viewing a talkie as much as a silent film because of missing the orchestra. On the other hand, many people loved to hear the voices of their favorite actors and actresses.
-color was a big thing as well. Silent and sound film strips would be dipped in ink colors or dyestuffs such as: yellow, amber, or even hand colored to go along with the scene. For example, if it was a daytime scene, it would be colored yellow or a light color.
-Yes, there were a couple big events going on in the USA.
-prohibition: this was the ban of alcohol.
-the Great Depression was taking place. This was developed from the stock market crash in October, 1929. These events did hold back the making of silent and talking films due to hardships and misfortune.
-The Jazz Singer 1927 by The Warner Bros.
-The Cabinet of Dr. Calagari 1920 by Hans Jenowitz and Carl Mayer (horror film)
-The Gold Rush 1925 by Charlie Chaplin
and many more.
-Between 1928 and 1929 itself, there were 114 silents and 86 talkies made, but as te years had gone on, there was a higher amount of talkies made.
-The growth was very rapid because big corporations such as Fox Films and RKO took them on.
-not all towns were ready for the
advance in technology due to lack
of money (mostly large towns had
-silent and talking pictures tended
to only be seconds long
-2013: 70% of all silent films have
-a book was written about this move-
ment by Donald Crafton called The
Talkies: America's Transition to Sound
-the new technology, adding in sound to
a film was called synchronized sound
-many of the talking pictures were trans-
formed into musicals
-talkies were a good way to make a hit song
rather than using an orchestra
-camera movements were restricted in
order to fit everything into the film
-the first synchronized sound cartoon was
Steamboat Willie in 1928 (Mickey Mouse)
-popular film topics were: horror, war,
documentaries, mysteries, and comedies
Eyewitness Books FILM by: Richard Platt
-The Warner Brothers had invented
-Vitaphone: a wax disc that recorded sound and played back with the movie, at the same time, but broke, got scratched, and lost easily. Therefore, not being a very useful material.
-BETAs and VHS' were also a part of the sound recording process.
-A more efficient way to record sound was the movietone. Movietone: recorded sound directly on the strip of film. Therefore, being a useful, accurate, and easier.
HOW WAS THE SILENT FILM InVENTED?
HOW WAS THE SOUND FILM INVENTED?
HOW WAS THE SHOW like at THE ACTUAL theater?
WERE THERE ANY INTERFERENCES DURING THE MOVE?
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE POPULAR FILMS IN THE 1920s?
in the earlier years, Thomas Edison's phone invention and Eadweard Muybridge's image-casting zoopraxiscope combined, forming the kinetiscope. This invention had come together, making a talking picture. This wasn't a very helpful/useful invention because it was played (similar to the vitaphone) back on separate devices. The vitaphone will be explained in the next slide...
SILENTS TO TALKIES: