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Engineering Hollywood : technology, technicians, and the science of building the studio system / Luci Marzola.

Author/Creator:
Marzola, Luci, author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Motion picture industry -- Technological innovations -- California -- Los Angeles -- History.
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- California -- Los Angeles -- History.
Motion picture industry -- Technological innovations.
Motion pictures -- Production and direction.
California -- Los Angeles.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"Engineering Hollywood tells the story of the formation of the Hollywood studio system not as the product of a genius producer, but as an industry that brought together creative practices and myriad cutting-edge technologies in ways that had never been seen before. Using extensive archival research, this book examines the role of technicians, engineers, and trade organizations in creating a stable technological infrastructure on which the studio system rested for decades. Here, the studio system is seen as a technology-dependent business with connections to the larger American industrial world. By focusing on the role played by technology, we see a new map of the studio system beyond the backlots of Los Angeles and the front offices in New York. In this study, Hollywood includes the labs of industrial manufacturers, the sales routes of independent firms, the garages of tinkerers, and the clubhouses of technicians' societies. Rather than focusing on the technical improvements in any particular motion picture tool, this book centers on the larger systems and infrastructures for dealing with technology in this creative industry. Engineering Hollywood argues that the American industry was stabilized and able to dominate the motion picture field for decades through collaboration over technologies of everyday use. Hollywood's relationship to its essential technology was fundamentally one of interdependence and cooperation-with manufacturers, trade organizations, and the competing studios. As such, Hollywood could be defined as an industry by participation in a closed system of cooperation that allowed a select group of producers and manufacturers to dominate the motion picture business for decades"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: pt. I ENGINEERING AN INDUSTRY
1. A Community of Engineers: Cooperation and Competition among East Coast Motion Picture Technology Manufacturers
2. "Maintained Solely for Your Benefit": Technological Service Firms and the Hollywood Industrial Cluster
3. Between the Lines: Engineers in the Movie Studio
pt. II THE SCIENCE OF THE STUDIO SYSTEM
4. Inventing the Mazda Tests: Trade Collaboration and the First Scientific Endeavor in Hollywood
5. The Fundamentals: Technical Education in the Chaos of Sound
6. The Academy Technical Bureau, Cooperative Research, and the Building of the Studio System.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Marzola, Luci. Engineering Hollywood
ISBN:
9780190885588
0190885580
9780190885595
0190885599
9780190885618
OCLC:
1198018561
Publisher Number:
99987144104
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