First film screeningThe first ever public screening of a film was by the French inventors, the Lumiere Brothers, in Paris. They screen ten very short films of everyday events, such as workers leaving a factory and bathing in the sea.
Hollywood's first film releasedHollywood and Los Angeles has become the accidental home of the US film industry due to filmmakers trying to escape the agents of Thomas Edison, the movie patent holder, and their demands for copyright payments. D W Griffiths directs a short film called, In Old California, in Hollywood. Within 15 years all the main studios are based in the town.
Hollywood Studio SystemThe Studio System (Contract Stars and Crew, Assembly-line film production and vertical integration) becomes fully established. An integral part of this system is the use of film categories or genres to make and market films.
Defining GenresA media teacher and writer, Nick Lacey, said genres could be defined by a "Repertoire of Elements."
Narrative - themes and plots
Characters - representation and stereotypes
Style - technical elements
Setting - locations
Iconography - audio and visual codes