Edwin S. Porter

analytical Essay
2000 words
2000 words

Edwin S. Porter was both a film pioneer and director. He was a film pioneer because he made people come back to the theaters and start watching movies. His movies also were good because they told a story by editing the move. Being a director he made some of the greatest films in 1902 and 1903. In 1902 he directed The Life of an American Fireman and in 1903 The Great Train Robbery. With these two skills he was able to direct great films and use special camera shots not know of at that present time.

Porter was born on April 21st 1870 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. There was not really any information on his parents but they did his parents first named him Edward. Since he was pudgy people use to call him Betty. There was really no information on why they called him Betty but I am sure it meant something. In 1893 he joined United States Navy and changed his name. He changed his name to Edwin Stanton instead of Edward Stanton. He changed it after Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton before he went into the Navy. They did not go into any detail on why he did it but my guess is he did not like his name and changed it. In the resources that I found I could not find much information about the rest of his family. I could not even find any information on what he did in his early years. The earliest I could find was starting in 1893.

In 1895 he started to work for the Vitascope Marketing Company. He would use his talent of electrical engineering with the company. With Vitascope he was in the project of the first projected movie that was shown in New York. That date was April 23rd 1896. He used his skills in engineering at Edison’s Manufacturing Company’s Laboratory. He let Edison for a while and went to Eden Musee Theatre in New York where he an operator. He was in charge of getting the films and projecting them onto the screen. His duties also were kind of illegal because he took a lot of films and edited them together to make fifteen-minute films. He would also take some of Melies films and put them into the show, since he like some of Melies work. The films would range from historical Wars and news films.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that edwin s. porter was both a film pioneer and director. he directed the life of an american fireman and the great train robbery.
  • Explains that porter was born on april 21st 1870 in connellsville, pennsylvania. he changed his name to edwin stanton after abraham lincoln's secretary of war.
  • Describes how porter started working for vitascope marketing company in 1895, where he was in charge of the first projected movie that was shown in new york.
  • Describes how edison returned to edison's company to be a producer, not an engineer, and had to sell it to american mutoscope & biograph company, his rival.
  • Describes edison's kinetoscope machine, which was a device that you could watch the show. porter was in charge of making the film for the kinerscope to make money.
  • Explains that edison invented a projector years before but thought it wouldn't help business. the goal today is still to make money but they had to compete with all the other people trying to steal his ideas.
  • Explains how edison realized he could make money by showing edison's kinetoscope films on a big screen. porter and fleming used the best editing and set design known of at that time.
  • Opines that fleming and porter made a great film about the assassination of president mckinley, called the execution of czoloyosz.
  • Analyzes how porter's the life of an american fireman was a drama that showed things that can really happen to people. it was different from melies because it was true and of real life.
  • Analyzes how porter made "the great train robbery" when edison was looking in the other direction. he borrowed a railroad train for the movie and hired local people to fill the extra stops.
  • Narrates how porter left edison in 1909 to try to open his owe production-company. he worked for famous players – paramount studios, which directed five of mary pickford’s films.
  • Explains that porter lost his money in 1929 and had to work in small shops. he enjoyed working on movie projectors and motion picture devices, but starting from the beginning must be hard for him.
  • Explains that edwin s. porter and the kinetoscope was posted online by page wise, inc.
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