History of a Picture Film

Vernal Express, 14 June 1912, page 1

How many of the Theatre goers ever stop to think of what it takes to make a moving picture film?

First a subject must be originated by an artist. It must be surrounded with atmosphere which finally develops into a story. This story is then submitted to a moving picture company, and if it is accepted, it goes to the heads of the various departments who set about to make their particular part so that when the whole is brought together, it is a pleasing and completed film ready to be put on the market for the millions of amusement seekers throughout the entire world.

Suppose it is a picture in the time of ancient Rome. The manager of the Wardrobe would have to get costumes to fit the time; the scenery man must scour the country to perfect the setting of the scenes. This is not an easy matter. Suppose he were to go out on the ordinary street to get a scene supposed to have taken place in ancient Rome. How would it look with telephone poles, electric lights, and modern houses? Such a film would be a big loss to its producers. And so the business of making a picture requires not only the posing of special actors and actresses, but one particular part of the scene must be taken in New York, perhaps another part in the tropics, to show the tropical trees and plants, which means that the film company must send its agents by rail, either to Cuba, Florida, California, or the Orient to complete the picture.

Just think of the expense necessary therefore to produce a film with its appropriate settings. People now are indeed fortunate to see these pictures for such a small fee.

The New Uintah Theatre is trying to produce pictures that please the public. The management is making its choice of the really good things now upon the market. If there is any particular line of pictures any patrons would like to suggest, they will be secured if possible.

In the line of popular demand for moving picture films of the Titanic, these wonderful pictures which begin with the ill-fated “City of the Sea” on her trial trip, leaving Southampton have been leased and are to be shown here sometime this week. The film is said to be the best of its kind in the world today.