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Steve Wyttree Speaks at the June Meeting

Steve Wyttree is our speaker for the June meeting. His talk is titled “An Update and Other Things”.

Steve is the owner of White Tree Productions Film and Training Center in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. He runs a film and arts studio as well as training center. He is now currently working on putting together various film projects including a full feature film.

Steve is proficient in many of the arts including photography, Singer and songwriting , script writing, cinematography and film editing, public speaking and training. Steve is quality driven in everything he does and aims to bring out the quality in everyone he works with.

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President’s Message

Things Are Beginning to Happen

Last week we did get a preview of the upcoming weather. If so we can go out and do some shooting from the scripts we worked on all winter. Those few days I spoke of were just beautiful. I did get to put the top down and soak up some of those wonderful rays.

Between last month and this month things are beginning to happen. You will not notice much, since the changes to FAN are minimal.

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The Rise of the Studio – Selig Polyscope

Parts 14 in a History of Film Series by Larry Telles

willam-selig William Nicholas Selig was born on March 14, 1864 and raised in Chicago in a Bohemian-Polish immigrant family. After starting as a furniture upholsterer, he worked as a vaudeville performer and produced a traveling minstrel show in San Francisco while still in his late teens. Selig saw Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope at an exhibition in Dallas, Texas and returned home to Chicago. He opened a small photography studio and began investigating how he might make his own moving pictures without paying a patent fee to Edison’s company. Together with his machinist, were able to build their own camera, the Selig Standard Camera.

In 1896, Selig founded the Selig Polyscope Company in Chicago, which was one of the first motion picture studios in America. He began making actuality shorts, travelogues

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The Fall of the Studio – Essanay Film Company

Parts 13 in a History of Film Series by Larry Telles

Marguerite ClaytonIt took over a year for the decline inside Essanay to cause its doors to close. It wasn’t any one thing that caused the problem, but a multitude. Marguerite Clayton, Broncho Billy Anderson’s leading lady left for the Chicago studio. Spoor continued to not allow Anderson to make feature films in Niles. Roy Clements who had directed the Snakeville Comedies left for Los Angeles. Victor Potel went with him. Roy was replaced by Wallace Beery. victor potel

With the departure of studio’s biggest moneymaker, Chaplin, Essanay signed French comedian Max Linder. His clever pantomime was often compared to Chaplin’s. Linder failed to match Chaplin’s popularity in America.

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CDA Press Features Film Alliance Project

‘Slammin’ the Scammin’

Crystal Reiber slammed down the phone, exhaled heavily and shook her head in dismay.
“Scammers,” she said under her breath.

Although the disgust with telephone scammers was feigned for a video shoot Tuesday afternoon,

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General Meeting

Next General Meeting

Thursday, June 14th
6:30 pm
White Tree Studio (Steve Wyttree’s Studio)
2775 Howard Street, CDA

Please RSVP now to:
Meeting Cost: $5  (First time guests and current members are free.)
All Are Welcome!

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General Meetings

General meetings are open to the public, and held the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Time: 6:30 pm
Meeting announcements, including guest speaker, location and time, are posted HERE.
Please RSVP for all general meetings to:
Cost: $5.00 (First-time guests and current members are free. Renew today!)
Location TBA, so please watch for the announcement each month!

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