Article on cartoons in early Hollywood published

When I first started researching Engineering Hollywood, I came across the cartoons of Glenn Kershner in his American Society of Cinematographers’ file. Though he worked as a cameramen through the silent and early sound eras, he was a man of many talents and known for his stories as much as his camerawork. His illustrations of the adventures on set began appearing in the pages of American Cinematographer in the late 1920s and later showed up in International Photographer as well. I found a few others in his ASC file that seem to have never been published. The cartoons are a fascinating window into life on set in the early days of Hollywood.

Find my article in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television here:

Article in American Cinematographer

As part of their centennial celebration, American Cinematographer is publishing articles about each decade of the magazine and what was happening at the time. I was asked to write about their coverage of German cinema in the 1920s and 30s. It was such a pleasure to bring together concepts from my film history classes and my research into the Cinematographer to write for an industry audience.

Presentation at the ASC Clubhouse

I was so excited to be able to present some of my research on the early years of the American Society of Cinematographers to the current members. It was amazing seeing the great interest among these cameraworkers in the history of their organization. It was a great evening, not least for getting to meet John Bailey while standing in front of Gregg Toland’s Mitchell camera that he used on all his Goldwyn Pictures (as well as Citizen Kane). They wrote about it on their blog here:

New Histories of Hollywood Roundtable

As part of my issue of Spectator, I put together a roundtable of American film historians to discuss the future of Hollywood history. I had two of the participants each write a response to a question on archives research, methodologies, teaching, and defining Hollywood, respectively. Then everyone jumped onto all of the threads for what became a truly fascinating and productive conversation. The participants were Chris Cagle, Emily Carman, Mark Garrett Cooper, Kate Fortmueller, Eric Hoyt, Denise McKenna, Ross Melnick, and Shelley Stamp.