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Women Film Pioneers ProjectThe history of motion pictures is full of amazing stories and memories of the pioneers of the medium: the Lumière Brothers scaring the bejeezus out of an unsuspecting audience with Arrival of a Train, the eerily incandescent glare of Bela Lugosi in Dracula, Hans Laube’s Smell-O-vision. Recently, Columbia University Libraries launched a website dedicated to researching and sharing information on a group of pioneers from the silent film era that are not often talked about or known, but have greatly influenced filmmaking with their work in all stages of production. Continue on to learn more about the Women Film Pioneers Project. More »

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With The Artist up for an Oscar this weekend, I found this little item to be apropos.  If we were to travel 100 years back we’d be avidly reading articles like the following interview with silent film director Marshall Neilan – “How To be a Motion Picture Director.”  There’s a lot we can learn from watching silent films in terms of pure visual story telling, but it’s not often you hear advice about the business side.  Mr. Neilan delivers in a big way, showing that as much as things change, some things stay the same: More »