Everyone loves movies! From the mighty awe of the silver screen, we live out our grandest fantasies and vicariously celebrate captivating stories, whether the genre be comedy, drama, action or horror.
And what would the film industry be without Hollywood, which has been the backbone of the development of the film industry for more than 100 years?
Here are some pretty cool facts to know about Hollywood:
Movies weren’t always called ”movies”
Films are commonly referred to as “movies” today in general pop culture vocabulary – but this wasn’t always the case. In traditional Hollywood, “Movies” didn’t refer to films, but rather to the people who produced them.
Give credit to Edison
The first moving pictures were invented by the famous inventor Thomas Edison as small film images that could be viewed in a box. Surprisingly, he was originally against showing movies on a big screen as he believed one-one viewing would be more profitable.
The first Hollywood movie was shot in 1910
Director D. W. Griffith’s In Old California was the first film to be shot in Hollywood in 1910. The plot in this melodrama revolves around a Spanish woman that bears an illegitimate son with a man who is later elected as governor of California. It was shot in a mere two days.
The first “Talkie” changes the script
From 1895 to 1927, the silent film industry dominated Hollywood and there wasn’t a sound in sight when filmgoers attended screenings (except for the live music that was played in cinema) This all changed in 1927 when Al Jolson starred in the lead role in the musical The Jazz Singer, which is officially considered to be the first film with sound. The silent film industry released its last film a mere 6 years later.
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While there are a few risks associated with filming, one doesn’t expect death to be one of those risks. That’s exactly what happened though in 1931 during the production of Viking: 27 people during filming (including the director and cinematographer) when a ship that they were filming on exploded in the ice off the coast of Newfoundland. It still stands today as the most fatalities to ever occur during a film’s production.
Most expensive movie of all time
Johnny Depp sure milked what he could out of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and the producers went all out on 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – at a whopping production cost of $378 million, it is the most expensive movie of all time.
Most profitable film of all time
While most people believe that James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time, that distinction actually belongs to 1939’s civil war epic Gone With the Wind. While Avatar earned the most money worldwide at over $2.7 billion, Gone with the Wind actually earned more when adjusted for inflation ($3.4 billion when adjusted for inflation).