Prototype Online: Hollywood wasn’t always the glitzy heart of America’s film industry

February 15, 2010

It was born in the 1880s in West Orange, New Jersey, at Thomas Edison’s state-of-the-art labs. Ryan Lintelman, Research Specialist in Photographic History at the National Museum of American History, sets the stage in this podcast, describing revolutionary developments in filming, projecting, and producing motion pictures made by Edison and his remarkable assistant, W. K. L. Dickson. Lintelman traces the early growth and movement of an industry, from Edison’s first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, to sunny (and then-sleepy) Southern California.