A History of Screenwriting – 16 in a series – Imperial Japanese Dance (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

I teach several classes for the Stephens College Low-Residency MFA in Screenwriting, including History of Screenwriting. In fact, I created the curriculum for that course from scratch and customized it to this particular MFA in that it covers ‘Screenwriting’ (not directors) and even more specifically, the class has a female-centric focus.  As part History of Screenwriting I, the first course in the four-class series, we focus on the early women screenwriters of the silent film era  who male historians have, for the most part, quietly forgotten in their books. In this series, I share with you some of the screenwriters and films that should be part of any screenwriters education. I believe that in order  to become a great screenwriter, you need to understand the deep history of screenwriting and the amazing people who created the career. — Dr. Rosanne Welch


Imperial Japanese Dance (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

A History of Screenwriting - 16 in a series - Imperial Japanese Dance (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

From Raff & Gammon price list: Three Japanese ladies in the costumes of their country.

From Edison films catalog: A charming representation of The Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. 45 feet. $6.75.

OTHER TITLES
Title in Maguire & Gammon catalogue: Japanese dance 

CREATED/PUBLISHED
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., [1894]

NOTES
Copyright: no reg. 

Performers: Sarashe Sisters. 

Camera, William Heise. 

Filmed ca. October-November 1894, in Edison’s Black Maria studio. 

SUBJECTS
Dance–United States.
Dancers–United States.
Japanese–United States.
Dance
Musical

RELATED NAMES
Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935, production.
Heise, William, camera.
Sarashe Sisters, performers.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 
AFI/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) 

DIGITAL ID 
edmp.4031 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.4031 


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From The Research Vault: Inspector Lewis, Neil Diamond and The Monkees

You never know when you’ll stumble on a piece of popular culture proof that The Monkees were an entrenched part of the 1960s – and a bonafide world-wide phenomenon of that time.  I thought I had found quite a few of them in my research for the book – from the then newest moment on the first season of Grace and Frankie (where Frankie admits she once hung out with Micky) to the couple of Simpsons show references – to the now ubiquitous “I’m a Believer” ending of Shrek (no matter who sings it, that is always a Monkees song).

Lewis monkees

But watching reruns of the long-running BBC detective series Lewis unearthed a new one I had missed.  This moment I’m posting came in Season 3, Episode 3, titled “The Point of Vanishing” in 2009 between characters at a high class Oxford cocktail party. The character properly credits the writer of  “I’m a Believer” as Neil Diamond (in my other, non-Monkees-fan life I do teach screenwriting so I’m always pleased to see writers credited) so he does not call it a Monkees song – but we all know that it IS a Monkees song being referenced in this high-end program (it did air in the U.S. on PBS’s Mystery. 

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Another book with an essay by myself and other friends and colleagues – Writing for the Screen (PERFORM)

I had a fine time writing my essay for this new book Writing for the Screen (PERFORM) edited by Anna Weinstein.

My essay is entitled, “Everything I Need To Know About A Career In Hollywood I Learned From Writing Scripts”

It also happens to include essays by other writing colleagues of mine including my good friend Pat Verducci.

I hope you get a chance to check it out – ask a local library to add it to their stacks today!

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Quotes from “Why The Monkees Matter” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 55 in a series – So Many Setups

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To achieve this amount of material to use in the editing bay, directors would have to manage 78 to 100 camera set ups a day, an unheard of number in an era when 30 set ups were considered a long day.  They would also have to be free enough creatively to show the audience the metaphorical wizard behind the curtain.   

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From The Research Vault: French Open 2014: Andy Murray will be out to erase memory of Philipp Kohlschreiber drubbing

Yet another research resource for Why The Monkees Matter

French Open 2014: Andy Murray will be out to erase memory of Philipp Kohlschreiber drubbing

Blondie, the Monkees and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: these were Andy Murray’s musical touchstones as a child. As he explained on Friday, “My mum used to drive us a lot to and from tournaments that were five, six hours away, and singing was one way of keeping us amused.”

From The Research Vault: French Open 2014: Andy Murray will be out to erase memory of Philipp Kohlschreiber drubbing 

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A History of Screenwriting – 15 in a series – Athlete with Wand (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

I teach several classes for the Stephens College Low-Residency MFA in Screenwriting, including History of Screenwriting. In fact, I created the curriculum for that course from scratch and customized it to this particular MFA in that it covers ‘Screenwriting’ (not directors) and even more specifically, the class has a female-centric focus.  As part History of Screenwriting I, the first course in the four-class series, we focus on the early women screenwriters of the silent film era  who male historians have, for the most part, quietly forgotten in their books. In this series, I share with you some of the screenwriters and films that should be part of any screenwriters education. I believe that in order  to become a great screenwriter, you need to understand the deep history of screenwriting and the amazing people who created the career. — Dr. Rosanne Welch


Athlete with Wand (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

A History of Screenwriting - 15 in a series - Athlete with Wand (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)


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The Monkees and the 50 Year Charm from Why The Monkees Matter Book Signing, Book Soup, Hollywood [Video] (0:57)

This book signing at Book Soup was wonderful – good people, good conversation (before and after the signing). Just another example of the kind of quality positive people who have been drawn to The Monkees across generations – I even met a former head of publicity for ScreenGems who had some fun stories to tell. — Rosanne

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Transcript:

Now, a deep study into anything can teach us much about everything. it’s why we teach critical studies in television in the first place and that’s why I wrote the book for my students, but I also wrote it in honor of — and to honor — all the fans who have loved the show hoping to see these people in concert again when they grow up and that dream was actually realized in the last so many generations and so that is pretty amazing. What’s interesting about The Monkees to me is anything that reaches the 50-year mark tends to get a little bit more respect finally. The Hula Hoop went from a kids craze to a staple in physical education classes. Today, it’s considered a very important thing. War surplus spam has become hip because people in  Hawaii started to eat it and then it was cool because that’s where it came from. Now Spam. you can go eat at restaurants. I don’t know why you would, but people do. This book, it tends to show how the 50-year charm has proven true for The Monkees.

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Women’s History Month – 31 in a series – Sandra Day O’Connor

Women’s History Month – 31 in a series – Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor’s place in history was secured when President Ronald Reagan appointed her as the first female to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. However, her role as the swing vote on an increasingly divided Court guaranteed that she will be remembered as far more than a pathbreaking symbol.

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Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection Volume One: Precolonial North America To The Early Republic – Dr. Peg A. Lamphier And Dr. Rosanne Welch, Editors

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Quotes from “Why The Monkees Matter” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 54 in a series – Metatextuality and The Monkees

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While metatextuality is largely the work of the writers and actors, the examples in the previous chapter also represent the work of many of the other creative craft departments involved in producing a television show, beginning with directors, editors, properties masters and costumers, all hand-picked by producers Schneider and Rafelson. The show even involved detailed work from the transportation department in the form of the design and creation of the Monkeemobile by Dean Jeffries, who had already created the Mantaray for Bikini Beach and Black Beauty for The Green Hornet.    

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Women’s History Month – 30 in a series – Lucy Stone

Women’s History Month – 30 in a series – Lucy Stone

An antislavery advocate and prominent suffragist, Lucy Stone is also remembered for refusing to change her surname upon her marriage. Stone was born on August 13, 1818, in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, to Francis Stone and Hannah Matthews. From her younger days, she was appalled at the subordination of women in her own household and the socially accepted unequal salary structure in school where she taught.

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Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection Volume One: Precolonial North America To The Early Republic – Dr. Peg A. Lamphier And Dr. Rosanne Welch, Editors

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