Opportunities in the motion picture industry : and how to qualify for positions in its many branches (1922)

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Motion Picture Industry 17 me likewise. The technique of photoplay writing is separate and distinct from the technique of novel writing, short story writing, or the drama of the stage. Because a man or woman can write a successful novel, magazine story or stage play, it does not follow that he or she can write a wonderful photodrama just as the ability to paint pictures is an indication of an ability to compose grand opera. Each of the arts is separate unto itself, and each technique must be individually acquired and utilized. The skillful manipulation of words and phrases is no asset to the photodramatist. Some there are who are able to write books, plays and photoplays, but these rare people find it necessary to lay aside the rules of two forms of expression while they are making use of the third. Frederick Collins, in an article entitled "High-Brow Hand-Me-Downs," hit the nail squarely on the head when he said "the author's exit from the screen, which is obviously not only predestined but immediate, makes room for the real screen writer—the man who has learned to express himself in pictures instead of words. Many a youthful genius—a misfit in literature or painting—will find his medium of expression in motion pictures." So it is that the trained photodramatist may settle down to his work secure in the knowledge that the whole great structure of picture making —the eighth of the fine arts, and the fourth largest industry in the United States—is depending upon him for existence.