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Post by ChuckW » June 10th, 2012, 6:26 pm

Movies and Hollywood Short Story Collection (Vol. 001) by Various Authors .

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Fiction about (or involving) motion pictures started appearing in the late nineteenth-century, when writers first became aware of early kinetoscope technologies. These stories grew more and more popular as the public became increasingly fascinated with the movies, the film industry, and the odd inhabitants of Hollywood. These stories reflect and often respond to the public's fascination with the movies; at the same time, they also reveal their fears and anxieties about the new medium. The first volume of this anthology collects 16 short stories and a monologue about motion picture technology and the film industry published between 1895 and 1922.

Collected in this anthology:

* "The Kinetoscope of Time," by Brander Matthews (1895)
* "The Phantasmograph," by Walter Herries Pollock (1899)
* "The Vitagraphoscope," by O. Henry (1904)
* "Mrs. Bathurst," by Rudyard Kipling (1904)
* "Alarums and Excursions," by George Hibbard (1908)
* "The Punishment that Fitted the Crime," by Stephen J. Fay (1910)
* "The Metamorphosed Bi-Focal Drama," by Lloyd Kenyon Jones (1911)
* "A Motion Picture Hero," by Epes Winthrop Sargent (1912)
* "The Moving Picture Writes," by Montague Glass (1915)
* "The Flash Back," by Harry Reichenbach (1917)
* "Co-Stars," by Charles McMurdy (1918)
* "The Film of Fate," by Josephine Daskam Bacon (1919)
* "Pictures," by Katherine Mansfield (1920)
* "His Smile," Susan Glaspell (1921)
* "Alice in Movieland," by William Warren (1922)
* "The Tramp," by Adela Rogers St. Johns (1922)
* "Maisie at the Movies," by Gertrude S. Welton (1922)
(Summary by ChuckW)

SUMMARIES FOR EACH STORY CAN BE FOUND BELOW.
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Post by ChuckW » June 10th, 2012, 6:31 pm

OK, here we go.

If the first volume goes well, this will no doubt become a reoccurring anthology. I have enough material for about ten of these (and then some), so no worries about running out of good material. :)
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Post by TriciaG » June 10th, 2012, 7:12 pm

I'll MC, but I don't have time to set up the MW tonight.

If it were me, I'd name the files motionpicturesfiction001_##_various.mp3 or something like that. You'll definitely want to change the file name from what is automatically generated in the template.

For the intro/outro, I'd probably do something like what is in the short works collections:
"[Title of Work], by [Author Name]" "This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox Recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit Librivox.org"
At the END, say: "End of [Title], by [Author Name]"

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"Section [number] of An Anthology of Fiction about the Motion Pictures, 1895-1922 (Vol. 001). - This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
If you wish, say:
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At the end, "End of Section [number]"
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Post by ChuckW » June 10th, 2012, 8:24 pm

TriciaG wrote:I'll MC, but I don't have time to set up the MW tonight.

If it were me, I'd name the files motionpicturesfiction001_##_various.mp3 or something like that. You'll definitely want to change the file name from what is automatically generated in the template.

For the intro/outro, I'd probably do something like what is in the short works collections:
"[Title of Work], by [Author Name]" "This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox Recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit Librivox.org"
At the END, say: "End of [Title], by [Author Name]"

Or if you want to keep the full name of the collection in it:

"Section [number] of An Anthology of Fiction about the Motion Pictures, 1895-1922 (Vol. 001). - This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
If you wish, say:
"Recording by [your name]"
Say:
"[Title of Work], by [Author Name]"

At the end, "End of Section [number]"
Thanks Tricia... for the MC'ing and for the help retooling my initial post. :) No worries about the MW. That gives me some time to make one last adventure with the library's microfiche machines before I finalize the list of stories.

In truth, though, I'm a little displeased with the title of this collection. The title I've come up with sounds a little too ungainly for my tastes, but I can't really think of anything better. If anyone out there can come up with some strong suggestions, let me know.
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Post by TriciaG » June 11th, 2012, 8:30 am

Hmm. "Movies and Hollywood Short Story Collection"?

You're set up, but you'll need to solidify the collection title for the intro before anyone records. :)
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Post by ChuckW » June 11th, 2012, 11:26 am

TriciaG wrote:Hmm. "Movies and Hollywood Short Story Collection"?

You're set up, but you'll need to solidify the collection title for the intro before anyone records. :)
A much better title! Thank you!

Whew! That was the longest I've ever spent filling up a MW. Crossing my fingers that I'm not overloading everyone with information.

To help out future volunteers, I'm going to post short summaries of each story. That should be my next post on this thread. :)
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Post by ChuckW » June 11th, 2012, 11:43 am

As promised, here are a few brief plot summaries for each story. This will hopefully help out future volunteers select the story that is right for them. These summaries are adapted from an annotated bibliography by Ken Wlaschin and Stephen Bottomore. I have altered their annotations only to remove spoilers.

PLOT SUMMARIES

Brander Matthews, ‘The Kinetoscope of Time’ - A man watches moving pictures of the past through a kinetoscope and is offered a view of future scenes. (Note: This is perhaps the first work of fiction ever written about motion picture technology.)

Walter Herries Pollock, ‘The Phantasmatograph’ - An inventor improves on the cinematograph and develops a way of photographing thought, a ‘phantasmatograph.’ - claimed by CaprishaPage (June 11th)

O. Henry, ‘The Vitagraphoscope’ - In the section of the story titled ‘The Vitagraphoscope (Moving Pictures)’ there are three plot summaries: ‘The Last Sausage’ (a starving artist gets rich), ‘The Writing on the Sands’ (a man and a woman write words in the sand on a beach at Nice) and ‘The Wilderness and Thou’ (a couple watch an elderly Indian trim the grass on a grave and then walk away close ‘for, after all, what is the world at its best but a little round field of the moving pictures with two walking together in it?’).

Rudyard Kipling, ‘Mrs. Bathhurst’ - A sailor becomes obsessed with watching a film titled Home and Friends for a Tickey in which a woman he knows, a Mrs. Bathurst, is seen coming off a train.

George Hibbard, ‘Alarums and Excursions’ - A girl sees a strange battle taking place in the rural fields of her home town of Clovertop. This turns out to be a ‘kinetoscope’ fake.

Stanley J. Fay, ‘The Punishment That Fitted the Crime’ - An actor overly fond of self publicity is sentenced in court to “seven days’ cinematograph”, which he discovers means being filmed in his most intimate moments, and the films then exhibited.

Lloyd Kenyon Jones, ‘The Metamorphosed Bi-Focal Drama’ - The hero of the story invents a movie camera (capable of stereoscopy and colour), and happens to film two men whom the police then recognise on screen as counterfeiters.

Epes W. Sargent, ‘A Motion Picture Hero’ - An actor forced to leave the stage for lack of a good voice moves to filmmaking, leading up to tragic circumstances.

Montague Glass, ‘The Moving Picture Writes’ - A Jewish businessman, who likes to compare moving picture plots with real life, does a costly good deed. He is reminded of ‘a fillum by the name The Return of Enoch Aarons, where an old feller stands outside on the street and looks through a winder, and he sees a happy married couple mit children sitting in front of a fire’. - claimed by DarkDoctor (June 12th)

Harry Reichenbach, ‘The Flash Back’ - A movie director falls for a woman he hired to double for a star but she ruins the film by insisting on being in every scene.

Charles McMurdy, ‘Co-Stars’ - A movie fan imagines he’s as tough as William Farnum but gets beaten up when he tries to rescue a girl.

Josephine Daskam Bacon, ‘The Film of Fate’ - Society girl writes a screenplay about the children left behind when men go off to war and gets involved with a soldier from Kansas while it is being filmed.

Katherine Mansfield, ‘Pictures’ - The plump Ada Moss is cash strapped and attempts to secure a lucrative film role, but has trouble succeeding in the business.

Susan Glaspell, ‘His Smile’ - A woman obsessively seeks out screenings of a detective film titled The Cross of Diamonds which has a brief scene of her late husband walking in the street.

Nina Wilcox Putnam, ‘Making the World Safe for Junior’ - Movie star Marie La Tour and husband Jim decide their son can be a bigger star than Jackie Coogan but can’t agree what kind of movies he should make.

Adela Rogers St. Johns, ‘The Tramp’ - A Hollywood party girl wants to be an actress but ends up like the other pretty girls who don’t find success, a tramp even to the man who loves her.
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Post by CaprishaPage » June 11th, 2012, 4:29 pm

Is it too early to claim section 2 ( "The Phantasmograph,") ?
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Post by ChuckW » June 11th, 2012, 5:56 pm

Not too early at all, Caprisha! I'd love to have you on board. :)

Thanks!
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Post by DarkDoctor » June 11th, 2012, 10:46 pm

May I take sections 10 and 11 (both parts of the Montague Glass story)?
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Post by ChuckW » June 11th, 2012, 10:52 pm

DarkDoctor wrote:May I take sections 10 and 11 (both parts of the Montague Glass story)?
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That would be sublime, Barbara. Thank you so much! :)
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Post by TriciaG » June 12th, 2012, 6:15 am

Guess we should move this to Readers Wanted! I suppose it'll go to Readers Wanted: Short Works, since it's not a book. :)
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Post by ChuckW » June 12th, 2012, 10:24 am

TriciaG wrote:Guess we should move this to Readers Wanted! I suppose it'll go to Readers Wanted: Short Works, since it's not a book. :)
Sounds good to me! Thanks for all the help, Tricia! :mrgreen:
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Post by CaprishaPage » June 13th, 2012, 5:38 pm

"The Phantasmatograph" has a footnote on the first page in which he references a character who apparently appears in another story put out by the same magazine (but I don't believe we are including in this collection). Would you like me to include it when I read the story? CP
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Post by ChuckW » June 13th, 2012, 6:48 pm

CaprishaPage wrote:"The Phantasmatograph" has a footnote on the first page in which he references a character who apparently appears in another story put out by the same magazine (but I don't believe we are including in this collection). Would you like me to include it when I read the story? CP
Yikes! How did I miss that?

Anyway, I don't think you need to read the footnote; it's not pertinent to the collection, as you mentioned, so we can easily get away with leaving it out. :)

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