Excerpt from Modern Photoplay Writing, Its Craftsmanship: A Manual Demonstrating the Structural and Dramatic Principles of the New Art as Practiced by the Modern Photoplaywright
The rise of the photoplay in the past decade to the position of an individual art related to the d... rama in structure but unique upon its pictorial side was foreseen by those who followed its mutations from the period of inception. From the point of view of the screen author the change in attitude of those who control the industry toward the Contributor of screenable stories has undergone a complete cycle, ranging from the day of borrowed material, rehashed from standard literature by some studio hireling, to the day of the original photoplay written directly for the screen by an author whose importance is recog nized. N 0 other allied art can cite a growth more revolutional, although no other allied art exhibited in its early history a greater contempt for the author and his stock in trade.
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