Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ten Thousand Movies created by US Film Makers between 1915 and 1962

By Kenneth Hoard Smith IFS Writer

WOODLAND CA (IFS) -- Between 1915 to 1962 there were over Ten Thousand Independent Commercial Films Made in the name of Hollywood.  The movie business lost all of its power around 1895.  The majority of commercial films (the Nickelodeon) were only one minute film loops that repeated itself when another coin was deposited into the machine and the handle pulled.

All of the projection tricks with mechanical means and composites which sent the cave men and women to the walls and draw what they had experienced that day or within that week.  Cave drawings are done by the young people with climbing skills and love to create scenes of the day.

They projected hand signs from wooden lanterns they had fashioned from long bones and wood while chewing the fat and drinking nod from sprouted wheat seeds.

Of course, the most famous cave movie was found in France, with a single hunter placed in over twenty constructive drawing down to the last battle killing the strangers.  A very smart computer tech, place those, drawing into a movie which showed the murders frame by frame.  The drawings are over 20,000 years old.

Film that magical stuff created for very short subject matter needed a major work over.  So enter the Lumiere Brothers from France.
In 1895, the Lumiere created the first camera with its own portable lab, editor and projector that was 35MM.  Each photo cartridge was three (3) minutes of film, instead of 60 seconds.  When this camera came to the United States via Sears, a young film producer by the name of George Selig created an "American Version or copy" of this camera by reworking the sockets and timing gears and established a real 35 MM frame system that Kodak and Bell and Howell enhanced and created the American Standard for cinema projectors and cameras.

This invention was sold all over the world including here in the United States Sears and Roebuck.  They sold tens of thousand of these camera/projectors.  However, by the year 1912, a young company by the name of Kodak along with Bell and Howell re -invented the motion picture camera to look like this:


The business was slow in advancing ahead.  The majority of cameras sold was for commercial business companies following their products around the country and testing them with customers in general.

D.W. Griffith's "A Birth Of A Nation" in 1915, created a spark of creativity that did not recede until the middle of the 1950's when television came into the home.

Sears had invented a new product that was called "credit".  It was elastic money and Sears let you have a camera and projector system for time payments. They real boom came from the Afro Americans in the cinema business with their own cameras and many many others citizens who wanted into the motion picture game.  When Sears unveiled their first talking motion picture camera in 1927 for the masses, in only took Hollywood two years to catch up with the public.

John Wayne's pictures from 1929 to 1936 were filmed in five (5) days or less.  All motion pictures under 69 Minutes were considered as "B" Movies or Films.  Every John Wayne movie under 69 minutes was pared with a major film as a double feature, giving Wayne the high value actor on most screens in America every week.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Birth of NASA

Project Mercury
Project Mercury
GoalOrbital flight
ResultAccomplished goal but no firsts
US flight firsts:
  • Suborbital: 5 May 1961
  • Orbital: 20 February 1962
  • +1 day: 15–16 May 1963
Crew sizeOne
RocketsAtlas D, Redstone and Little Joe
ContractorMcDonnell Aircraft (spacecraft)
Cost$1.68 billion (current prices)
FollowersGemini and Apollo
RivalVostok program (Soviet)
Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the UnitedStates lead by its newly created space agency NASA. It ran from 1959through 1963 with the goal of putting a human in orbit around the Earth,and doing it before the Soviet Union, as part of the early space race. Itinvolved 7 astronauts flying a total of 6 solo trips. On 5 May 1961, AlanShepard became the first American in space in a suborbital flight after theSoviet Union had put Yuri Gagarin into space and orbit one month earlierJohn Glenn became the first American to reach orbit on 20February 1962, he was the third person to do so, after soviet Gherman Titov had made a day long flight in August 1961. When the project endedin May 1963 USA was still behind Soviet but the gap was seen as closingand a race to the Moon had begun.
The space race started in 1957 by the launch of the Soviet satelliteSputnik I. This came as a shock to the American public and lead to thecreation of NASA to gather the efforts in space exploration alreadyexisting in USA. After the launch of the first American satellite in 1958,manned space flight became the next goal. The spacecraft was producedby McDonnell Aircraft. It was cone shaped with room for one persontogether with supplies of water, food and oxygen in a pressurized cabin.It was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida by modified militarymissiles, most importantly Atlas D, and had a rescue tower for protectionfrom a failing rocket. The whole flight could be controlled from the groundthrough a network of tracking stations which also allowed communicationwith the astronaut. If necessary, the astronaut could override commandsfrom the ground. For reentry into Earth's atmospheresmall rockets wereused to bring the spacecraft out of its orbit. A heatshield would protectthe spacecraft from the friction of the air and, a parachute would slow thecraft for a water landing. Here both astronaut and spacecraft were pickedup by helicopter and brought to a ship.
From a slow start with humiliating mistakes the Mercury Project becamepopular and the manned flights were watched by millions on radio and TVnot only in USA but around the world. Apart from the manned missions,Mercury had a total of 20 unmanned launches as a part of thedevelopment of the project. This also involved test animals, mostfamously the chimpanzees Ham and Enos. Mercury laid the groundworkfor Project Gemini and the follow-on Apollo moon-landing program, whichwas announced a few weeks after the first manned flight. The astronautswent under the name Mercury Seven and they named their spacecraftwith a "7" to the name. The project name was taken from Mercury, a Roman god. It is estimated to have cost $1.68 billion and have involvedthe work of 2 million people.

Friday, April 8, 2016

J Smo & Bob Crain

J Smo & Bob Crain
J Smo & Bob Crain
Forsaken Veteran of the Drugs Wars
Folk Rap Fusion
Band Description
The Folk/Rap Fusion of Forsaken Veteran Of The Drug Wars a compilation by J. Smo and Bob Crain was the brainchild of J. Smo who determined that my Folk recollection and his Rap production were perfect mates to deliver the message to young and old.
BOB CRAIN is a Folk Rock songwriter performer residing in Melbourne, Australia. He experienced the early skirmishs in the Drug Wars in L.A. growing up in the Sixties. Bob has released two solo Folk Rock CD's and performers his original music in Melbourne and around Australia. Bob's story and his music are available on his

J.SMO is a Hip Hop Rap artist from Sacramento California. J. has also borne witness to the skirmishes and major battles of Drug Wars as they proceeded through the Eighties and in to the present day. J. has released several Hip Hop Rap singles and is currently working on an EP to be released later in 2016, he is a regular performer on the Hip Hop circuit in Northern California. The works of J.Smo of B.U.N.K.S can be found on his

J. initiated the collabouration after hearing Bob's original guitar & vocal solo version of the song from his CD The Hippies Were Right. J. concluded that Bob'shistorical recollection back to the early days of the Drug Wars and his Rap were the perfect combination to tell the whole story ... in less than 5 minutes.

J. contacted Bob in Australia suggesting a fusion of the original version with his Rap. Bob quickly jumped on board excited by the idea of blending the dominant message bearing genre of his era Folk Rock with the prevelant message delivery genre of today Rap. 

J. produced, mixed, and masted the fusion version of the song which was released on Feburary 26, 2016 on iTunes and other internet sellers and is also available on both artist's websites. J. also produced the video which narrates the whole story in less than five minutes as written by Bob.
Bob and J. are very proud of this work fusing two distinct styles, two individuals, two genres and two countries to produce one message ... that perhaps the longest war in the history of the world is still going, casualities mounting and no end in sight.

Enjoy yes but take heed of the message as art is supposed to convey a message and this surely does.

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