AFTER careful consideration looking to the best interests of the Association, the Annual Convention of the P. A. of A. scheduled for Milwaukee, September 3rd to 8th, has been abandoned by the Executive Board.

The American Congress of Photography will meet on Friday and Saturday, August 3rd and 4th, at Cedar Point, immediately following the Ohio-Michigan-Indiana Convention.

The Congress will outline the work to be taken up by the P. A. of A. for the coming year.


President P. A. of A.

Bromide Enlargement, From Seed Graflex Negative.

Bromide Enlargement, From Seed Graflex Negative.

From "Joan the Woman" Directed by Cecil B. De Mille.

August. Our Illustrations

A great many factors enter into the production of a great motion picture play and photography is far from being the least of these. The play is the thing with one part of the public, the actor with the other, but back of the success of both play and actor are the director and the photographer.

The director is responsible for everything but the actual photography. He is especially responsible for photographic effects and when a stage becomes too small for his purpose, he goes to the mountains, the plains or the desert and all go with him.

In the big modern productions there is often much field work, for big effects must be broad. Even lines of telephone communication must be established to enable the director to reach his officers at a distance and to keep in communication with them while they are in the play's action. In this way the director, from the position of the camera operator, can bring a thousand players into range of the camera, can control their every move, stopping, starting or turning them back at will, so that the least possible time is lost and the most realistic effects secured.

A battle scene, for example, is produced in pictures in much the same way it is fought in reality, with the exception that it is a sham and one general commands both armies.

A part of our illustrations are from the recent big production of the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., "Joan the Woman," produced under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille, the able director. The character of Joan was taken by Miss Geraldine Farrar, Grand Opera star, and the photography of the entire play is exceptionally fine.

With the production of any motion picture play there must be a number of "stills" and in a big production it is difficult as well as expensive to stop the action of the play even long enough to make these still pictures. They are used for all sorts of publicity and must be of good quality for half-tone reproduction and for showing in theatre lobbies where they are examined close up.

"Stills" are usually posed during rehearsals so that negatives sufficiently large for contact prints may be made. This would not be possible during the action of the play. Exact focus could not be maintained with such a camera and instantaneous exposuresmade at the instant the director gave the word.

The "stills" of the Lasky productions, however, are action pictures being made with a Press Graflex and Seed Graflex Plates. The photographer moves his Graflex in unison with the motion picture camera and maintains exact focus on the ground glass at all times. The word is no sooner given than an exposure is made, and in an instant the photographer is ready for the next picture. It is the logical way to secure realistic results and the "stills" of the Lasky plays parallel in realism the results shown on the screen.

Bromide Enlargement, From Seed Graflex Negative.

Bromide Enlargement, From Seed Graflex Negative.

From "Joan the Woman" Directed by Cecil B. De Mille.

One might naturally ask, why not enlarge from the motion picture negatives? But on second thought the reason becomes obvious. An 8 x 10 enlargement from a motion picture negative would have to be viewed at a distance of over eleven feet to secure the same effect one gets in viewing contact prints at the usual distance from the eye.

An enlargement from a 5 x 7 negative shows no grain and is in every way as satisfactory as a contact print. And 5x7 negatives may be made with a Graflex on Seed Graflex Plates under the same light conditions that will produce satisfactory results with Eastman Cine Film and the extremely fast, short focus lens of the motion picture camera.

Understanding that these pictures are made with the play in action, the results at once become more interesting and the possibilities of the Seed Graflex Plate more wonderful. The reproductions are made from glossy Bromide enlargements.

The remainder of our illustrations show the artistic results that may be secured on Eastman Portrait Film by the use of a soft focus lens.

The reproductions are from Artura Iris prints.