OK, those quotation marks were overkill——you probably know what “movies” are. But how long has that been the case? When does a common term lose its “quotes”?
In #JAK04, Jason Kottke explored that question as it related to a classic movie phrase: “Lights! Camera! Action!” Here’s Jason:
"In 1910, D.W. Griffith made the first movie in Hollywood, California, called In Old California. During filming, the frustrated director barked out the three words most associated with filmmaking today: ‘Lights! Camera! Action!’ This package plays off Griffith’s famous phrase, giving you all the tools you need to make a film of your own.”
What tools, you ask? Subscribers landed some very cool LED throwies (lights), a pinhole camera (duh), and a stash of Mexican jumping beans (action). Here’s how it all looked: