Inventing the Movies: The Hidden Technological History of Hollywood
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Dorothy Steps Out
This great illustration, showing Dorothy and friends stepping out of the celluloid world and into the digital one, was created by the artist Tomer Hanuka for a story I wrote about Technicolor. Tomer sells signed, high-quality prints of the image; just e-mail him.

  • Did They Really Say That?: The top ten wrong-headed predictions ever made about the movie industry.

  • Five Oscar Wins That Shaped the Movies: These Academy Award winners represented big shifts in the way movies are made and experienced by audiences (includes video clips of each movie.)

  • Innovation in Hollywood: Special article written for BusinessWeek, accompanied by a slide show of “The 18 People Who Changed Hollywood.”

  • Looking Forward: Q&A in Filmmaker Magazine, with editor Scott Macaulay.

  • A Chat with Director Steven Lisberger: In mid-2007, I had a chance to interview Lisberger, director of “Tron,” at his home in Santa Monica. Only some of this material shows up in the book. My favorite quote is about how Disney executives reacted to “Tron,” the first movie to make extensive use of computer-generated imagery: “It was like we had just made a jet plane out of recycled Coke cans, and those guys weren’t amazed that it flew, but they were asking what the meal was.” Lisberger is involved in writing and producing Disney’s forthcoming sequel, “TR2N”.

    Ed Catmull
    Pixar founder Ed Catmull accepts a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2006.

  • The Many False Starts of the Digital Cinema Revolution: This excerpt from the book (which isn’t part of the free preview) ran on Nick Dager’s Digital Cinema Report Web site in September 2008.

  • Q&A with Mark Cuban, from July 2005

  • From Variety: Book excerpt about Pixar, Disney, and the rise of computer-generated animation.

  • What You Can Learn From Hollywood: Five movies that offer lessons for innovators. (Also posted on Guy Kawasaki's most excellent blog.)

  • “Don’t Call It the Nerd Oscars”: You know that ceremony-held-earlier, mentioned every year at the Oscars? Where they hand out the awards to the techies who’ve contributed most to the movies? I was lucky enough to get invited in 2006. I sat next to J. Walt Adamczyk, a master of digital imagery who was part of a team that won an award that night.

  • How the Sundance Set Got Plugged In: This is an out-take from the book (a short chapter, really, that dealt with Sundance’s role as a proving ground for new technologies) that was published on the FilmInFocus site.

  • Movies You Can’t Buy on the Internet (Legally): Variety story on the state of digital distribution, circa August 2008... accompanied by a bonus list of fifty movies on my blog, CinemaTech.

  • What CIOs Can Learn from Hollywood: Article written for CIO Magazine (Chief Information Officer).

  • On Digital Cinematography: This excerpt from the book (which isn’t part of the free preview) ran in the newsletter of the Digital Cinema Society in August. On the DCS site, there are rebuttals from co-founder James Mathers and former American Society of Cinematographers president Steven Poster.

  • The American Widescreen Museum: Quite simply, the greatest site on the Web dedicated to film technology. I regularly consulted Martin Hart’s lovingly-curated online “museum” while writing Inventing the Movies.

  • Tech Art: Vince Gonzalez is a Los Angeles photographer who shares my interest in how technology has contributed to the movies. This is an online gallery of an exhibit (and catalog) Vince put together that includes beautiful shots of vintage cameras, lights, microphones, editing machinery, and projectors.

  • The book’s front cover is here (in large JPEG form) and the back cover is here (also in large JPEG form.)