This Is Where I Came In [NOOK Book]

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'This Is Where I Came In' captures a period most people know nothing about: the birth of the motion picture industry. Those who think of Charlie Chaplin as the example of what silent movies were like may be surprised to know that films were being produced 20 years before Chaplin got involved. In the closing years of the 19th Century, young J.D. Wilkinson's small-town world is turned upside down when he views the first Texas exhibition of Edison's Vitascope machine. He becomes part of the first baby steps taken by the moving pictures in their move ...
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This Is Where I Came In

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Overview

'This Is Where I Came In' captures a period most people know nothing about: the birth of the motion picture industry. Those who think of Charlie Chaplin as the example of what silent movies were like may be surprised to know that films were being produced 20 years before Chaplin got involved. In the closing years of the 19th Century, young J.D. Wilkinson's small-town world is turned upside down when he views the first Texas exhibition of Edison's Vitascope machine. He becomes part of the first baby steps taken by the moving pictures in their move from novelty to art form. J.D. is present for some historic moments and crosses paths with people like D.W. Griffith and Buster Keaton in their formative years. 'This Is Where I Came In' accurately portrays the pioneers whose adventurous spirits shaped the motion picture into the greatest media tool ever invented. Along the way, J.D. experiences the love of a mysterious woman, the hatred of a corrupt official, and his own coming of age in a period when miraculous technologies were being invented almost daily. "I knew movies could capture life," J.D. says. "I just didn't know they would capture mine."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011820359
  • Publisher: Mikey''s Imagination Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/6/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 222 KB

Meet the Author

Mike Robertson is a pastor, speaker and writer in Austin, Texas. 'This Is Where I Came In' is his first novel. He previously published a collection of inspirational essays entitled 'Shiny Spots In the Rust,' which sold out its entire print run and will soon be reissued as an ebook.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2010

    A very good read

    I have a hard time getting into books but this book has caught me and I am having a hard time putting it down. I would recommend this book very highly

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Oddly Engaging

    Engaging and entertaining, the book is a poignant tale of a young man's search for his identity set against the sweeping backdrop of Texas and the birth of a new era - motion pictures. Some laughter, some sorrow, some quirkiness, and a few plot twists - its just a great story.

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  • Posted October 11, 2010

    Terrific historical fiction about the birth of the movie experience you and I enjoy every day. Extremely engaging mix of historical fact woven around the amazing, but ultimatley tragic life story of one Jubal Daniel Wilkinson.

    Mr. Robertson provides a truly outstanding story about the birth of motion pictures, told from the point of view of a turn-of-the-century opportunist named Jubal Wilkinson. He writes lovingly about an industry and place that he obviously has researched or knows very, very well. The author does a great job of capturing the feelings of that time and place (Blanco & Austin, TX). He blends an excellent grasp of facts about early projectors and theater operations, with an emotional and revealing personal story of someone who participated directly in each step of the early movie industry. As a technical geek, I loved the detail on the theory and operations of early equipment and filming. As a former Austinite, I loved the reference to early 20th century Austin city scene. As a lifelong movie buff, I loved getting a primer on how movies evolved. As a fan of great story-tellers, I particularly loved the authenticity, poignancy, and sharply humorous telling of Jubal's life story. Great airplane read. Go for it.

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