WHY WE PRESERVE AND RESTORE MOTION PICTURES
Early Developments in
Motion Picture Making
By 1892, William Laurie Dickson and Thomas Alva Edison had developed the motion picture camera and the 35mm film format, which is still the standard film format to this day. The Eastman Kodak company supplied the film stock.
Filming of "The King Of Jazz" in Two Color Technicolor in 1930
The Two Color (Red/Green) Technicolor method, as conceived in 1917 and refined during the 1920s was often used to film extravagant, high value productions, such as the musical "The King Of Jazz", featuring Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra. It delivered excellent results when the set colors were chosen appropriately. Flesh tones were exceptionally well reproduced. Only few Two Color camera negatives have survived.
Preserve our film heritage by high resolution individual frame scanning, bring out the subtle details in the photographic image, and at the same time, do no harm to the original in the scanning process. In the digital domain apply sophisticated film restoration technology to present the image as originally conceived.
Filming of "Stairway To Heaven" in Three Strip Technicolor in 1946
Fully developed in 1932, the Three Strip (Red/Green/Blue) Technicolor process with perfect natural color rendition replaced the Two Color Process. By 1946, the same Technicolor cameras were used as in the 1930s, exposing three strips of black and white 35mm film at the same time through a beam splitter with red/green/blue filters. For filming while recording sound, the camera had to be encased in a large lead lined blimp to minimize the camera noise, which was very loud.
After restoration, film should be made available for viewing, so generations of viewers to come will still have access to "The" artform of the 20th Century.