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C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television$
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Donald G. Godfrey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038280

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038280.001.0001

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Founding the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Founding the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

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(p.69) 5 Founding the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
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C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television
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Donald G. Godfrey

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038280.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), an organization founded by C. Francis Jenkins in 1916. The formation of the SMPTE (formerly Society of Motion Picture Engineers, SMPE) was one of Jenkins' most significant and lasting contributions in the film and television industries. In less than four decades, the SMPTE has evolved into an international association with industry, technological, and creative influence around the world. This chapter provides an overview of the atmosphere that led Jenkins to establish the SMPTE, whose sole purpose would be a discussion of technology and its standards. It also considers the first SMPE meeting and how its influence grew since then, along with its final meeting under Jenkins as president, held in Cleveland in November 1918. Finally, it cites the accolades and foundations established for the SMPE and their impact on the industries of motion pictures and later television engineering.

Keywords:   motion pictures, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, C. Francis Jenkins, Society of Motion Picture Engineers, film industry, television industry, industry standards, television engineering

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