The Info List - Moviola

A Moviola
is a device that allows a film editor to view a film while editing. It was the first machine for motion picture editing when it was invented by Iwan Serrurier in 1924. The Moviola
company is still in existence and is located in Hollywood where part of the facility is located on one of the original Moviola
factory floors.


1 History 2 Usage 3 Awards 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Iwan Serrurier's original 1917 concept for the Moviola
was as a home movie projector to be sold to the general public. The name was derived from the name "Victrola" since Serrurier thought his invention would do for home movie viewing what the Victrola
did for home music listening. However, since the machine cost $600 in 1920 (equivalent to $7,300 in 2017), very few sold. An editor at Douglas Fairbanks Studios suggested that Iwan should adapt the device for use by film editors. Serrurier did this and the Moviola
as an editing device was born in 1924 with the first Moviola
being sold to Douglas Fairbanks himself. Ninety-four years later, a framed copy of the original receipt still resides at Moviola, the company, in Hollywood. Many studios quickly adopted the Moviola
including Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Charles Chaplin
Charles Chaplin
Studios, Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
Productions, Mary Pickford, Mack Sennett, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The advent of sound, 65mm and 70mm film, and the need for portable editing equipment during World War II
World War II
greatly expanded the market for Moviola's products.[1]

Filmmaker Brad Mays
Brad Mays
editing his first feature film Stage Fright on an upright Moviola, 1987.

Iwan Serrurier's son, Mark Serrurier, took over his father's company in 1946. In 1966, Mark sold Moviola
Co. to Magnasync Corporation (a subsidiary of Craig Corporation) of North Hollywood for $3 million. Combining the names, the new name was Magnasync/ Moviola
Corp. President L. S. Wayman instantly ordered a tripling of production, and the new owners realized their investment in less than two years. Wayman retired in 1981, and Moviola
Co. was sold to J&R Film Co., Inc. in 1984. Usage[edit]


The Moviola
allowed editors to study individual shots in their cutting rooms, thus to determine more precisely where the best cut-point might be. The vertically oriented Moviolas were the standard for film editing in the United States until the 1970s, when horizontal flatbed editor systems became more common. Nevertheless, a few very high-profile filmmakers continue to prefer the Moviola. One such editor is Michael Kahn, who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing in 2005 for his work on Steven Spielberg's Munich, which he edited with a Moviola. Kahn eventually convinced Spielberg to use Avid for all his current film work, beginning with The Adventures of Tintin
The Adventures of Tintin
in 2011 and Lincoln in 2012. [2] Awards[edit] Mark Serrurier accepted an Academy Award of Merit (Oscar statue) for himself and his father for the Moviola
in 1979.

To MARK SERRURIER for the progressive development of the Moviola
from the 1924 invention of his father, Iwan Serrurier, to the present Series 20 sophisticated film editing equipment.

There is a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
for Mark Serrurier because of the Moviola's contribution to Motion Pictures. See also[edit]

Flatbed editor Steenbeck


^ city-net.com "INDUSTRY MOURNS ENTREPRENEUR MARK SERRURIER", by Denise Abbott Archived 2007-02-05 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Skweres, Mary Ann. "Contender – Editor Michael Kahn, War Horse". BTLNews.com. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 


Moviola.com – What is the Moviola
story? city-net.com "INDUSTRY MOURNS ENTREPRENEUR MARK SERRURIER", by Denise Abbott

External links[edit]

Biography of Mark Serrurier who took over the company from his father