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SMPTE Hollywood Section Meeting

Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 18:30 to 21:00
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 N. Vine St.
90028 Hollywood, CA
United States
Event Details: 

Entertainment at the beginning of the Sound Era
A program of short film subjects from the Vitaphone period of early sound motion pictures - 1928-30
Reception at 6:30pm, Presentation at 7:30pm
Linwood Dunn Theater
at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pickford Center
1313 N. Vine St-Hollywood 90038

Our last few meetings have concentrated on new and upcoming technology in entertainment.
For April's meeting, we go back about 85 years, to the beginning of the motion picture sound era. 
The conversion from silent movies to sound was a rapid change for the motion picture industry
at that time.  Suddenly, movie stars could speak to each other, and to the audience.  Tap dancers
could be heard clicking on the floor.  Musicians were actually be playing their instruments,
and singers voices were heard

Beginning in 1926, the changeover from silent to synchronous sound pictures occured even faster
than the recent conversions from film into digital production and projection.  By 1930, within about 
four years, the silent films were eclipsed.

Come see (and hear) for yourself what the excitement was all about.  See how Hollywood showcased
one of the greatest technical sensations of the time, the introduction of synchronous sound into movies.  

With the cooperation of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, The Vitaphone Project and Warner Bros.,
we will have a collection of eight short subjects from this pioneering period.  Most of the performers are
not remembered today, but this visit will show what was entertaining both vaudeville and movie goers at
that time, and forever furthered the art of the motion picture experience.

The entire program will be shown with 35mm film.

Join us on April 16th for a little comedy, a little music, and maybe some surprises.

Free parking behind the theater.  Enter on Homewood Avenue.

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