A silent film is a motion picture with no accompanying, synchronized recorded sound, especially spoken dialogue. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as the motion picture itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, most films were silent before the late 1920s. The silent film era is sometimes referred to as the "Age of the Silver Screen".
The technology for silent films was invented around 1860, but remained a novelty until around 1880-1900, when films on a single reel became easily produced. The first film was created by Frenchman, Louis Louis-Augustin Le Prince in 1888. It was a three second film of people walking around in a garden. They call it Roundhay Garden Scene.
The art of motion pictures grew into full maturity in the "silent era" before silent films were replaced by "talking pictures" in the late 1920s. Many film scholars and buffs argue that the aesthetic quality of cinema decreased for several years until directors, actors and production staff adapted to the new "talkies."
The visual quality of silent movies -- especially those produced during the 1920s -- was often extremely high. However, there is a widely held misconception that these films were primitive and barely watchable by modern standards. This misconception is due to technical errors (such as films being played back at wrong speed) and due to the deteriorated condition of many silent films (many silent films exist only in second or even third generation copies which were often copied from already damaged and neglected film stock).
silverchallenge (a sister community to Silver LIMS silver_lims) focuses on the stars, movies and culture from the silver screen era. Icons reflect movie scenes up to and including 1969. One icon per challenge unless stated otherwise. This contest is for those who really enjoy the "old days" and want to add a bit of "classical pizzazz" to their usual icon day.
Every other week I will provide you with a challenge consisting of two categories. One will be presented as a theme and you'll need to search for your own images, for the other I will provide a collection of images from a movie or of a particular actor/actress for you to use. You'll also be able to chose your own images for the movie/actor challenge provided they are in line with the topic of the presented images (e.g. same movie or same actor/actress). You are welcome to participate in both categories or the one of your choice.
challenge means the biweekly competition.
category means either themed category or movie/actor category.
theme means some topic which needs to be reflected in your submittend icon for that category.
the current challenge has 2 categories which include a themed category and an actor/movie category.
Your icons must remain anonymous until the end of voting for that week. Please keep your entries anonymous, and unposted anywhereelse, and otherwise undisclosed except in a comment to the challenge post. All entries will be screened. Animation is not permitted for any submission to a challenge.
1. When voting, you WILL be asked to enter your first place choice, second place choice, third place choice and any additional choice options.
2. Voting is weighted. This has worked to reduce the number of ties at the end of voting.
3. Please don't vote for yourself.
4. Please don't ask anyone else to vote for you.
5. Please vote for the elements of the icon you feel make it better.
The challenges will be bi-weekly:
Voting for current challenge posted: Tuesday, 21:00 CST
New challenge posted the same Tuesday voting is posted.
Time for voting ends the following Tuesday, 21:00 CST.
Time for entries ends the Tuesday after voting ends at 21:00 CST.
Voting posted the same Tuesday that voting ends at 21:00 CST.
please keep in mind the schedule will be adjusted periodically to reflect rl events, holidays, other social phenomenona ;).
* Please don't hesitate to ask for clarification on the above if needed.
* All entries will be screened until after voting.
* Please don't post your entries anywhere else prior to the end of voting or let anyone else know which are your entries.
* Please post your entries to the challenge post so they are not missed for the voting table.
* You do not have to be a member to post.
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