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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 11 (xi)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 11
Page 11

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 11

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Progress Being Made

But progress was being made, and when one of the pioneers of the film industry, C. Francis Jenkins, issued his call for a few engineers interested in the motion-picture business to come together at the Hotel Astor, in New York, and review the needs of the infant industry, the vigorous experimentation and development then going forward on all

PESSIMISTIC about the public acceptance of his first 25 Kinetographs "with a nickel slot attachment. Edison wrote this longhand note.

sides made coordination and standardiv zation increasingly urgent. In all the Welter of new camera and projection equipment the only feature that could be pointed to as relatively standard was the film itself, Even here, the great variety of perforation gauges and dimensional irregularities often encountered in the same film strip, combined with the wide differences of frame line in various cameras, strewed the operators path with hazards.

Aim of Hie Society

The Society, organized with 25 members, took for its aim: itThe advancement in the theory and practice of motion-picture engineering and the allied arts and sciences, the standardization of the mechanisms and practices employed therein and the maintenance of a high professional standing among its members." Important as standardization was, and especially in that period of terrific growth, the founders saw the objectives as being wider and even more generally beneficial. Jenkins himself said:

it. . . the Society of Motion Picture Engineers is not a judicial body to settle controversies between conflicting interests or to promulgate recommendations which make for classdiscrimination . . . What we did organize for was to set our oflicial seal on standards generally recognized as standards; and second, and perhaps best of all, to put into permanent form for world-wide distribution the specialized knowledge which our members, experts in their particular line, are so unselfisth furnishing for this purpose. And while the official stamping of generally acknowledged standards is a necessary duty, for myself I have found the most interest in our meetings has come from the valuable papers read and printed."

During the years that followed, this Principle of the dissemination of scientific knowledge inspired the increasing bulk of the published Transactions, which contained the papers that were presented, and the discussions that took place, at the semiannual meetings of the Society. By 1930, when the contribution of the engineers to the industry had been made more dramatically apparent" by the introductioniyof sound, the Society had expanded to such an extent that it Was decided henceforth to publish a monthly Journal which would give greater.scope than the Transactions for achieving the Societyis aims.

An End to Confusion

But in the beginning it was above all the desperate need for putting some order
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