SIlent Film Industry in Hollywood

1024 Words Jun 19th, 2018 5 Pages
Hollywood; when people hear Hollywood they usually first think of the giant Hollywood sign that is on Mount Lee in Los Angeles, California, celebrities, fame, money and last but not least movies. The Hollywood movie industry makes around thirty billion to thirty five billion dollars in the United States alone, while making ninety billion to hundred billion dollars worldwide (McCandless and Quick). The Hollywood movie industry has become one of the most successful industries in the United States. Every major industry has its beginning and Hollywood’s beginning goes all the way back to the late nineteenth century. Hollywood’s early years are referred as the silent film Era in the film industries. This was due to the films having no …show more content…
His most famous work The Birth of a Country used many different colors such as amber, blue, lavender and startling red tints. Griffith later invented a color system in which a colored light would flash on areas of the screen to achieve the wanted color. The acting techniques for silent films are very different from modern day acting. In silent films the actors could not use words to convey the character, they had to emphasize their body language and facial expressions so the audience could have a better understanding what the actor was feeling and portraying on screen. A great example of this is in the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, where Joan is being prosecuted by the judge, just due to the actress facial expression the fear that the character is feeling can be felt through the screen (Kayleigh0812). However, compared to modern day acting one would call the acting style for silent films to be simplistic, campy, or even melodramatic. The melodramatic acting was need because there was no sound but also because it was a habit that carried over from stage acting. Directors had different views on these acting techniques thou. Director John Griffith Wray required his actors to deliver larger than life expressions for emphasis while director Marshal Neilan did not. Neilan even had an outburst in 1917 where he stated “The sooner the stage people who have come into pictures get
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