• Technicolor & The Present: What’s Past is Prologue

    William Shakespeare’s line of poetry from The Tempest has been interpreted in different ways, but it is abundantly clear that his intent was to suggest that one’s history informs one’s future. Another renowned poet, T.S. Eliot, approached this notion somewhat differently in his poem Little Gidding: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

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  • Dreaming With Eyes Wide Open: The 1990’s and Technicolor

    The 1990’s were a seminal decade of vast change in the entertainment industry; one that witnessed the first broad embrace of digital tools in motion picture production, visual effects, and all that the coming “digital revolution” would portend.  This decade would be another challenge for Technicolor innovation and its ability to reinvent itself.

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  • The 1980s: Vittorio Storaro & Technicolor

    As the 1980s approached, Technicolor faced an increasing challenge from other film labs that were now competing on a playing field that no longer included the company’s IB dye-transfer offering.  That degree of differentiation between Technicolor and its competition was removed, but again, as it had many times before, the company turned to its legacy of innovation and color-science to manage to forge another crossroads of change.  That process included dramatically growing its home entertainment business for VHS tape-replication of studio films.  With new state-of-the-art high-speed printers to keep pace with the greatly expanded international demand of Hollywood films, it also dramatically grew its global film-print capability.

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  • Summer In Glorious Technicolor

    Technicolor is a transcendent name in the history of cinema.  The name, Technicolor, derived by Dr. Herbert Kalmus and his early partners, from conjoining “technique” and “color” is something so embedded into global vernacular as to be, at the same time, a noun, an adjective and an adverb.  The experience of Technicolor films is universally shared because of the power of cinema and the fundamental emotional connection audiences make to color – especially when employed by so many of the world’s greatest filmmakers.  And Technicolor is globally celebrated as witnessed by so many wonderfully related events around the world to date in 2015 – and continuing for the rest of the year.  This summer is no exception, with wonderful tributes taking place in New York and Toronto.  What began at the George Eastman House, in Rochester, continues to play out in this “summer of Technicolor.”

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  • 48 Hours In Technicolor

    On July 7th and 8th, Turner Classics Movies will present 25 classic films in glorious Technicolor.  The Technicolor series of vintage films will be introduced by TCM’s Robert Osborne, with award-winning cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, ASC.  The selection of films is derived from early Technicolor films, from the silent, 2-color era of Technicolor, like The Toll of the Sea that ranged from the early 1920’s until the introduction of sound in 1927.

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