Colorization - The Saga of Legend Films


  • Ron Holloway



COLORIZATION - WHY NOT? THE SAGA OF LEGEND FILMS Colorization is as old as the movies. In fact, it's even older. Although some historians are want to trace the theory of colour photography as far back as 1785, the first patent for colour film was registered sometime in the late 1800s. This was during the era of Georges Méliès, whose famed hand-tinted trick films delighted audiences as early as 1894. Edwin S. Porter borrowed the tinted technique to enhance the gunshot blast at the end of The Great Train Robbery (1904). Later, D. W. Griffith had gun explosions tinted in battle scenes of The Birth of a Nation (1915). And Sergei Eisenstein made sure that in the first prints of Battleship Potemkin (1925) a tinted red flag was raised to glorify the revolution. The first commercially successful colour system to hit the market was Kinemacolor, patented in 1906 by...






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