Giveaway: Win a Copy of “How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910’s” by Darren Nemeth

Great news! I am giving away five paperback copies of How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910’s so read on to find out how you can enter to win one of these copies!

For those of you who haven’t taken a peek at it yet, the book is a collection of articles, manuals and catalogs from the 1910s with commentary by the author, Darren Nemeth. It’s absolutely a blast to thumb through and highly recommended for all you film nerds! (Which is, like, everyone, right?) We have five paperback copies to give away so let’s get this party started!

(You can read about the book here.)

A huge thanks to Mr. Nemeth for providing these prizes. (All images courtesy of the author. Check out his website here.)

Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is only authorized for the United States, I’m afraid.

How to enter:

Leave a comment saying why you want the book. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Just “it looks interesting” or something similar will do.

That’s it! I will randomly draw the winner on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. I’ll email the winner to ask for their mailing address. If a winner does not respond within five business days, I will pick a runner-up.

Legal Stuff: The book has a retail value of $12.00 and no purchase is necessary to enter. This is a drawing of random chance, the odds of winning depend on number of entrants. Limit one winner per household. The giveaway is sponsored by Giant Squid Audio Lab Company and Darren Nemeth, who provided the prizes and will be sending them to the winners. I will use the winner’s information solely to contact them about the giveaway and to provide shipping information to the giveaway sponsor.

Best of success to you all! Qapla’!


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84 Replies to “Giveaway: Win a Copy of “How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910’s” by Darren Nemeth”

  1. Need rather desperately to fill in the gaps in my knowledge of this era, which didn’t get properly covered in history or film classes at college…

  2. If I won, I’d take this book back to the 1910s and become such a great director, D. W. Griffith would throw in the towel and spend the rest of his life in obscurity writing unsuccessful plays for the legitimate stage.

  3. People who refuse black and white and silent movies are missing some of the great stories! I want the book because movies are the best!

  4. An historical book and a book on silent films…two of my favorite subjects. How can it not be good!?!

  5. I will memorize the book, travel back in time, and make a film about killing adolescent Adolf Hitler with a young Murnau as my assistant.

  6. OMG! If I don’t win a copy I’ll be buying one. I love seeing what people were writing about movies while the medium was still forming.

  7. I not only want it, I NEED it, so I can keep creating my Forgotten Actress series books for everyone! Lots of wonderful detail here. Pick me! Pick me! 😀

  8. The write up of this book on Darren Nemeth’s site is really intriguing!

    On a different note, looking at the frame up top of this post made me cringe a little. Those tear-starts at the corners of the sprockets……here comes sprocket jitter, probably soon :-O

    1. Ah, a new development: it has been leaked around these parts that I will be gifted with a copy at the end of this year, so no need to enter my name in the drawing. To everyone else, Almië!

  9. I’d love to read what my relatives in the movie industry were reading when they weren’t acting and getting their bootlegging empires ready for Prohibition…

  10. i would like to have this book because i have become even more serious about silents from reading this blog *wink-wink*

  11. Could I adapt the instructions in that book to making such a movie today, I wonder… Say, something for the yearly 48-hour film competition? I’m keen to give it a try.

  12. Honestly, when you did your write up of the book, I bookmarked the author’s store page to buy later! I love learning about the technical details of filmmaking, even tho I gave up making movies like 8 years ago. This book is right up my alley.

  13. You used Klingon to sign off on a post about a book teaching about the nerdier aspects of silent movie making in the early 20th Century. How can I not enter?!?!

  14. This book exactly appeals to two of my interests at the same time: Silent movies – (I grew up watching them on Blackhawk 8mm home movie reels and take a particular delight in the movies of the ‘teens) – and old instruction booklets – (I’ve read 1880’s lighthouse keepers’ manuals and census-takers’ instruction books with pleasure). So please smile on me, o’ luck of the draw!

  15. Descending from cinematographers (who saved silent era cinemachinery) who also doubled as film preservationists going back to the silent era – and being immersed in it ever since – I’d most certainly like to read this!

  16. I have a copy of the 1907 Supply Catalog as well, and would love to have this too. Those of us who grew up on Brownlow, Everson and others never could imagine that we would have the primary sources (and films) available that we have today!

  17. This book would remind me of my student days at UCLA digging through the old American Cinematographer magazines

  18. A brilliant idea. Could even have deeper-dive follow ups: “Cinematography in the 1910’s”, “Projection in the 1910’s”, etc.

  19. This book will be an excellent archival resource for the Seguin Cine Museum in Seguin, Texas which focuses on the technical aspect of the movie industry with films, cameras, and projectors in the collection.

    1. After seeing so many of these films (all I can get my hands on) it would be amazing to learn HOW they were made.

  20. Here’s a review I wrote for the book:

    I recently received a copy of Darren Nemeth’s “How To Film Moving Pictures In The 1910’s”, a collection of reprinted historical documents, and current observations, regarding the technical nuances of film making in the early decades of the twentieth century.

    It is a fascinating mirror of the Horatio Alger climate of perseverance which gripped the country during its so called “Gilded Age” wrapped within the context of the rapidly developing film industry, which in addition to satisfying the public’s appetite for mass entertainment, beckoned burgeoning entrepreneurs with a blueprint for success in this exciting, enticing industry.

    The main reprint found within the pages of this book, “How To Take and Make Moving Pictures” is a copy of a 1914 booklet from the Ford Optical Company of Denver, Colorado, which serves as a primer for those interested in understanding the minutiae of the business. It contains lengthy discussions on a variety of topics, such as Motion Picture Cameras and Photography, Developing Negatives and Generating Prints, Intertitles, Tinting and Toning, as well as Film Distribution. Of course, this deriving from primarily an advertisement, it also includes a chapter on “How A Motion Picture Camera Can Be Made To Pay For Itself”.

    Extensive footnotes and illustrations accompany this interesting facsimile.
    The remainder of Nemeth’s book contain well-chosen historical articles that discuss such wide ranging topics as an 1896 magazine piece by Robert W. Paul (, early Widescreen experimentation, a 1914 discussion on Synchronized Sound (this would be especially relevant to those who have a copy of Ben Model’s recently released DVD, “The Kinetophone: A Fact! A Reality!), Star Film and Georges Melies.

    If you are interested in early cinema from a primarily technical and business perspective, this volume will not let you down. It is a perfect follow-up from Nemeth’s previous book, “1907 Chicago Projecting Co’s Entertainer’s Supplies Catalog No. 122”. I had a really great time with both of these books, and suggest you check out if you are interested.

  21. I would LOVE to read this. I LOVE everything about the silent era and am trying to read/acquire as many books about the time period as possible.

  22. Hullo, I finally got to see Dawson City: Frozen Time this past week & this looks like it’d be a fun companion piece to read in tandem.

  23. I’m probably too late to make a comment that might snag me a copy of this book, but I can still leave a comment saying what an interesting book it seems to be. (If, on the other hand, I’m *not* too late)

    1. You’re still in time, I am going to draw the winner in the evening (I’m on California time) so as many people as possible can enter. And I will close the comments once it is too late so that there’s no confusion. 🙂

  24. I have recently started to gather books on film history for research purposes and I feel this would be an amazing edition to my collection!

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