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Selig Polyscope Company

IndustryEntertainment
Founded1896
HeadquartersChicago Los Angeles , United States
ProductsMotion pictures
OwnerWilliam Selig
Twitter@seligpolyscope
Facebookseligpolyscope

Silent Movie Capital | Essanay Film Company | Selig Polyscope Company | WONDERS OF PICTURE FACTORY. EVEN exhibitor who makes his living by and devotes the best part of his life to showing OF motion PICTURES to the public has usually very vague conception of the way in which PICTURES are make. OF course, he knows in general way that actors must be Train in their work, that money must be spent on costumes, scenery and properties, that each scene must be rehearsed a number of times before it is taken by CAMERA. He may EVEN, if he is sophisticated, be able to trace the whole course OF photoplay, from the brain OF the scenario writer to the screen, without missing detail. But he cannot know, until he has see, vastness OF modern PICTURE plantthe WONDERS OF its accumulation OF properties and its provision for every possible requirement. Our leading story this month is the description OF Selig FACTORY in CHICAGO. We have selected Selig as victim because his plant is in many respects unique, while AT same time it is typical OF bigness OF business. It is a fine example of the lengths to which those broad, big men who have made business what it is will carry their faith and enthusiasm. People talk, sometimes, OF ephemeral nature of photography. Is there anything ephemeral about a million dollar plant, built to last forever? Who is a better judge of the stability of business than a man who has grown up with it, and for whom it has made a fortune from nothing? Mr. Seligs faith in Motion PICTURES might betoken either good judgment or overcharge OF optimism. But it takes more optimism to make a fortune out of any business. Men of trade who have attained wealth or position are generally regarded as lucky because fate throws them into an irresistible rising tide of phenomenal business. Selig's history shows none OF influence OF luck, however. Selig and his plant have prosper, and prospered amazingly, in spite of early hardships and possible blunders. But it was foresight, and judgment, and nerve, and enthusiasm, and above all hard work that did it. Selig's personality is ample proof of that. Those who depend on luck grow arrogant as they prosper. Those who achieve grow EVEN kindlier and more appreciative of their employees and associates as success Come. And W. N. Selig is a veritable idol OF his associates. Not one OF them, but believe Selig plant greatest, Diamond S PICTURE finest, and W. N. Himself best, in the world. With such assistance, or call it, rather, Co-operation, with such spirit, Diamond S will be capable OF EVEN greater things than it has yet to accomplish. Its greatest handicap, paradoxically, has been rapid growth and constant demand for more space and faster work.

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History

Selig had worked as a magician and minstrel show operator on the West Coast of California. Later on, in Chicago, he entered the film business using his own photographic equipment, free from patent restrictions imposed by companies controlled by Thomas Edison. In 1896, with help from Union Metal Works and Andrew Schustek, he shot his first film, Tramp and Dog. He went on to successfully produce local actualities, slapstick comedies, early travelogues and industrial films. In 1908, Selig Polyscope was involved in the production of Fairylogue and Radio-Plays, touring multimedia attempt to bring L. Frank Baum's Oz books to the wider public. By 1909, Selig had studios making short features in Chicago and the Edendale district of Los Angeles. The companies also distribute stock film footage and titles from other studios. That year, Roscoe Arbuckle's first movie was Selig comedy Short. The company's early existence was fraught with legal turmoil over disputes with lawyers representing Thomas Edison's interests. In 1909, Selig and several other Studio heads settle with Edison by creating an alliance with the inventor. Effectively, the cartel, Motion Picture Patents Company dominated the industry for a few years until the Supreme Court ruled the firm was an illegal monopoly. In 1910, Selig Polyscope produced a wholly new film version of Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The company produced the first commercial two-reel film, Damon and Pythias, successfully distributed its Pictures in Great Britain and maintained an office in London for several years before World War I. Although Selig Polyscope produced a wide variety of moving pictures, company was most widely known for its wild animal shorts, historical subjects and early westerns.

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Selig-Tribune News Service

Adventures of Kathlyn, written by Harold MacGrath, was more ambitious, and besides its Cliffhanger quality, had several things of note. Over six months, January to July 1914 with fortnightly gaps between episodes, Adventures appeared in several Newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, and was released in theaters across most of the US starting on December 29 1913 by Selig Polyscope Company. Adventures was set in India, country still largely unknown to the US land of Hindus, series reveals exotic, danger-fill East mark by almost every trope that would define the region for the next few decades: doddering maharajas, conniving princes, dense forests inhabited by all kinds of predatory animals, vast deserts, veil women and people in thrall to gods, temples and priests. Silent film actor, Kathlyn Williams, who plays the fearless female lead, appears on several occasions with a plethora of wild animals from the Seligs menagerie in Los Angeles. Animals, carnivores and dromedaries alike, feature in big way in Adventures; lions and leopards appear as fierce opponents and desperate predators, while elephants, camels and even baboon serve as key allies and helpful accomplices.

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Selig Film Plant Sold.

US Film pioneer William Selig improved early Motion-Picture cameras and produced some of the first feature-length films. He was also the first producer to open a Motion-Picture Studio in Los Angeles, Calif., Locale that was eventually to become the film capital of the world. Selig was born in Chicago, Ill., On March 14 1864. As a young man, he went into show business, performing as a magician with traveling show. In 1895, he saw for the first time the Edison kinetoscope, device that projects motion pictures inside a box while the viewer looks in through a peephole. He then became acquainted with cinematographe, more advanced machines that project films on screen. From this device, Selig designed and built his own projector, Selig Polyscope. In 1896, he created Selig Polyscope Company, set up a Motion-Picture Studio in Chicago, and began producing short films. The company was successful from the start. In 1908, Selig sent a film crew to New Orleans, La. Finding the climate there too humid and rainy, he reassigned the crew to Los Angeles, where they completed camera work quickly and successfully. Soon afterward, Selig opened his first Los Angeles Film Studio, though production also continued in Chicago. In 1909, Selig executed a stunt that won him national fame. Failing to obtain Theodore Roosevelts permission to film ex-presidents safari to Africa, Selig hired actors and extras and bought an aging lion to stage the Roosevelt safari in his Chicago Studio. By stroke of luck, news of Roosevelts bagging an African lion hit newspapers about the same time as Selig was ready to release his film short. Huge hit, Big Game Hunting in Africa convinced viewers that they were indeed seeing Roosevelt Hunting lions in Africa. Among Selig Film firsts are first feature-length historical film and first all-color feature film, Coming of Columbus. Selig used leftover models of Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria from the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago to re-create events of 1492, and he had film tinted by hand. Another first was the Seligs Film series Adventures of Kathlyn, which created a new genre of movie series. Selig's most successful production was the 1914 feature Film Spoilers, based on a novel by Rex Beach. It features violent, epic fistfight that mesmerize audiences. Within a few years, Selig Polyscope Company was eclipsed by more progressive and innovative studios, and in 1918 it shut down production. Retiring wealthy, Selig cheerfully observed that he would never suffer poverty while Spoilers live. Shortly before his death in Los Angeles on July 16 1948, Selig received an award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honoring him for his contributions to the development of the movie industry.

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