The interesting about this is that movies actually started on the East Coast. New York and Chicago were at the forefront. Thomas Edison with his inventions of creating the motion picture camera really pioneered early film. However, at the same time, he wanted to create a monopoly giving him control over distribution, filming, and pricing.
However, this didn’t go well independent filmmakers. At around the time the film industry started to pick up, and a guy named Harvey Wilcox wanted to sell his farmland in hopes of creating a small town. His wife called this place Hollywood. It was just a small area with good land and orange trees. This would change the face of films forever.
Not only did inventors and other people involved in film find that this place had some great weather all year round, but the different kind of terrain made it suitable to shoots different types of films whether it’s drama, action, western, etc.
In fact, the first studio was made there called “The Nestor Film Company”. 15 other companies followed suit, and the first full-length film was called â€œThe Squaw Man.” Hollywood shifted the focus from the East to West as the filming capital.