A History of Screenwriting – 16 in a series – Imperial Japanese Dance (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

I teach several classes for the Stephens College Low-Residency MFA in Screenwriting, including History of Screenwriting. In fact, I created the curriculum for that course from scratch and customized it to this particular MFA in that it covers ‘Screenwriting’ (not directors) and even more specifically, the class has a female-centric focus.  As part History of Screenwriting I, the first course in the four-class series, we focus on the early women screenwriters of the silent film era  who male historians have, for the most part, quietly forgotten in their books. In this series, I share with you some of the screenwriters and films that should be part of any screenwriters education. I believe that in order  to become a great screenwriter, you need to understand the deep history of screenwriting and the amazing people who created the career. — Dr. Rosanne Welch

Imperial Japanese Dance (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

A History of Screenwriting - 16 in a series - Imperial Japanese Dance (W. K. L. Dickson, USA, 1894)

From Raff & Gammon price list: Three Japanese ladies in the costumes of their country.

From Edison films catalog: A charming representation of The Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. 45 feet. $6.75.

Title in Maguire & Gammon catalogue: Japanese dance 

United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., [1894]

Copyright: no reg. 

Performers: Sarashe Sisters. 

Camera, William Heise. 

Filmed ca. October-November 1894, in Edison’s Black Maria studio. 

Dance–United States.
Dancers–United States.
Japanese–United States.

Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935, production.
Heise, William, camera.
Sarashe Sisters, performers.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 
AFI/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) 

edmp.4031 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.4031 

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