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Technicolor is a colour film printing process invented in 1916. It was the most widely used colour process in Hollywood from 1922 to 1952 and celebrated for its saturated levels of colour. It was used most commonly for filming musicals such as The Wizard of Oz and Singin' in the Rain and used for Disney’s animated classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia.

"Technicolor" is the trademark for a series of colour motion picture processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc.), now a division of Technicolor SA. The process involved capturing the individual colour components red, green and blue on three individual black and white negatives.

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One of the greatest film history documentaries you're likely to see. The history of color photography in motion pictures, in particular the Technicolor company's work. Produced by TCM in 1998, the series is presented below.

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"THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR, 1915-1935 with James Layton and David Pierce"> Published on Mar 6, 2015 One of the greatest film history documentaries you're likely to see. The history of color photography in motion pictures, in particular the Technicolor company's work. Produced by TCM in 1998.

THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR, 1915-1935 with James Layton and David Pierce

Published on Apr 16, 2015

The Dawn of Technicolor is the first detailed history of Technicolor's formative years. Authors James Layton and David Pierce recount the first two decades of one of the most widely recognized names in the American film industry, painstakingly reconstructing the company's early years from a wealth of previously untapped internal documentation, studio production files, firsthand accounts, and unpublished interviews. The book is lavishly produced with more than 400 images, and it includes a comprehensive annotated filmography of all two-color Technicolor titles.

Technicolor is today most associated with films made during the height of the Hollywood studio era—color classics such as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Singin' In the Rain (1952). But this celebrated period of creative and technical achievement was possible only after twenty years of tireless research and development.

Following its incorporation in 1915, Technicolor developed a series of two-color processes as necessary steps toward full-color photography and printing. Despite success in the laboratory and in small-scale production, the company was plagued by repeated disappointments. The feature films The Gulf Between (1917), The Toll of the Sea (1922), Wanderer of the Wasteland (1924), and The Black Pirate (1926) each showed tremendous promise in photography and color design, but implementation flaws resulted in technical problems and commercial failure. Each time, the company retooled and tried again. With the support of patient investors and the visionary leadership of Herbert T. Kalmus, Technicolor eventually prevailed against daunting odds to create the only commercially viable color process for motion pictures.


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Contact Info

The Museum of Western Film History
701 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545