The real history of the Hollywood era begins just after the first Hollywood film, by D. W. Griffith, was filmed and released in 1910. It was 17 minutes long and titled â€œIn Old California.â€ Many filmmakers had come to California as a result of Thomas Edisonâ€™s high fines for using his patented filmmaking process. Though Hollywood had banned movie theaters initially, it soon welcomed the film industry.
Filmmakers chose to come to Hollywood for a variety of reasons. The weather was ideal; filmmakers could expect to walk outside and shoot on any day with the mild weather and year-round sunlight. There were also a variety of scenes that could be shot in the Los Angeles area, from wet beaches to woodland forests. The young city had much to offer to creative new directors.
Griffith was also responsible for another film that helped to create the Hollywood era. In 1915, Birth of a Nation was released. As a highly controversial film, it helped to steer other filmmakers in a similar way.
In a period of just 10 years, Hollywood became an unrecognizable town. Hollywood Boulevard, once a rural area with homes and farms, became more commercial. By the time the first talkie, The Jazz Singer, came out in 1927 the industry took off.