Following is the official announcement, which was written by Fritzi. Included throughout this post are the gorgeous event banners – designed by Fritzi. Ruth has done lots of behind-the-scenes work already and I’ve…uh…been sitting on the sidelines looking pretty. Or…looking in any case. But really, I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this and will promote the heck out of it in hopes you’ll join us. So, without further ado…
The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon (2015)
We believe that there is a little bit of the historian in every classic movie fan. After all, we love films that were made before we were born and, in some cases, before our parents or grandparents were born. Here is our chance to combine our love of classic film with our passion for history.
Last time, we divided the history of film into individual years with each blogger claiming one year to cover. While this method was thorough, it left some talented writers out in the cold. You see, every single slot was snapped up in just 36 hours. This time, we are taking a looser approach, one that will allow more participants to help make this event memorable, educational and fun.
We have divided the history of film from 1880 to 1975 between us. Fritzi is your Silent Era host and will be covering 1880-1929. I (Aurora) will be hosting the Golden Age from 1930-1952 and Ruth is our Swingin’ host and will be covering 1953-1975. We have divided our year ranges into bite-size sections, which are listed below. Pick your bite, tell us your angle and you’re in like Flynn!
What about duplicates?
While no exact duplicates are allowed, the topic is so broad that we are sure you will find an angle that works for you. For example, if someone is covering Rebel Without a Cause, you might cover the overall career of James Dean. That being said, if there is a section that looks a little empty, we would greatly appreciate you stepping up and making sure there are no gaps in the event.
Do I have to stay in Hollywood?
No! International cinema is welcome and encouraged. While our date ranges are based on Hollywood history, please feel free to cover cinema from any nation 1880-1975.
Can I still cover a particular year?
Yes, you can. Just make sure that your angle is different from everyone else’s. For example, if someone is already writing about why 1939 is such a great year, you might write about the Academy Award winners of ’39 or choose to focus on individual films.
Do you only accept blog posts or can I get imaginative?
You can get imaginative. Pictorials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia items are allowed.
How do I join?
Contact any of your friendly hosts and we will add you to the roster. Please be sure to include the address of your blog, the section you have chosen and the title or general nature of your topic.
Hello! I would like to join in the 1880-1895 category. I want to cover Fred Ott’s Sneeze. My blog address is happypeppypeople.blogatron.com.
Wow! I’m so excited that I can’t choose just one topic! Can I write in more than one category?
Yes! If you would like to take on extra categories and date ranges, please feel free to do so.
When do I post?
We will each be hosting one day of the event in chronological order. Fritzi will be first, I will be second and Ruth will wrap things up.
So grab yourself a banner and get ready for a historically good time!
Complete list of participating blogs and topics can be found here.