Event: Shades of Grey: The History and Ethics of Colourisation in Cinema. Widescreen Weekend Film Festival, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. 13:45 Thursday 10th October 2019. This panel discussion – on the controversial practice of colourisation, its successes, failures and ethics – brings together Professor Sir Christopher Frayling (broadcaster, cultural historian, writer), David Strohmaier (restoration producer for Cinerama Inc) and Tom Vincent (archivist for Aardman Animations) in session chaired by Dr Liz Watkins (research fellow in the history of art and film, University of Leeds). The discussion about colourisation forms part of the Widescreen Weekend Film Festival featuring large screen formats and film technologies read more
added 6 September 2019
Now open: Color Mania – The Material of Color in Photography and Film Exhibition, Fotomuseum Winterthur, 7 September – 24 November 2019.
‘Since the earliest days of cinema, film has been a colorful medium and art form. More than 230 film color processes have been devised in the course of film history, often in close connection with photography. For instance, the screen process Dufaycolor was initially developed in the context of still photography before being used in motion pictures in the 1930s. The exhibition highlights the historical connections of color as a material in photography and film and also presents the application of historical color processes and techniques in the work of contemporary photographers and artists.
The exhibition is organised by SNSF as Agora-project of the University of Zurich, the research projects ERC Advanced Grant: FilmColors. Bridging the Gap between Technology and Aesthetics and SNF Film Colors. Technologies, Cultures, Institutions of Prof. Dr. Barbara Flückiger. Curated by Nadine Wietlisbach and guest curator Dr. Eva Hielscher.’ read more.
added 6 August 2019
CFP: Darkrooms and Representations: Histories of Photography, Film and Exploration Conference. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. 2-3 April 2019.
Deadline for abstracts: 4th October 2019.
Keynote Speakers: Dr Geir Kløver (Director, The Fram Museum), Dr Lawrence Napper (Senior Lecturer, King’s College London), Bryony Dixon (Curator of Silent Film, British Film Institute) read more.
The role of photography and film has often been relegated to that of illustration, yet its uses – as a visual record, in scientific research, education and travelogues – have been varied and at times ingenious. From experimentation with technologies in extreme environments (telephoto lenses, glass plate negatives, flashlight photography, chrono-photography, photomicrography, cinematography) to the practices that have emerged through ethnographic studies, meteorology, astronomy, oceanology, cartography and the documentation of wildlife, the mediation of photography and film has made otherwise inaccessible geographies visible. Yet, this ‘window’ on to the world is constructed, it is made using materials and techniques which tell a story: from a physical trace of the environment to a record of scientific and cultural practices.
This interdisciplinary conference examines the history of maritime exploration through film, photography and photographers, scientific techniques, artistic practices and in the mediation and display of museum collections for exhibition: from photographic materials and technologies to the darkroom practices that shape visual representations and underpin or counter voyage narratives.
Papers are sought on the histories, theories and philosophies of photography, film and audio-visual forms which intersect with narratives of exploration: its politics, ideologies (gender, class, imperialism) their subversion and subtexts through to its use in educational and entertainment forms both past and present. Read more
Abstracts (c.250words) and a short biographical note (c.150words) can be sent to Dr Liz Watkins (email@example.com) no later than 4 October 2019.
added 4 August 2019
Announcement: the Fifth International Colour in Film Conference will be held in NFT3, BFI Southbank Tuesday 10th March to Thursday 12th March 2020. The conference is co-organised by Colour Group GB (Dr. Elza Tantcheva-Burdge), HTW Berlin (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ruedel), and University of Zurich (Prof. Dr. Barbara Flueckiger), the fifth edition will highlight the results of the latter’s ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors project.
added 22 May 2019
Announcement: the BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG Report on activities (2016-2018) is available (authored January 2019).
Past Events Organised by the BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG. The Special Interest Group in Colour and Film has organised several seminars, symposia and sponsored panel proposals read more
Past CFPS and Funding. For a list of past Calls for conference papers, publications, funding opportunities and events read more
BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG: Journeys through Colour: experimentation, realism and artifice in non-fiction travel films. Seminar. 18:00-20:00 Tuesday 27th February 2018, Royal Anthropological Institute, London. This public event was sponsored by BAFTSS and the RAI, an independent charity organisation. It is not affiliated with current UCU actions. Speakers: Professor Jeffrey Geiger (University of Essex), Jan Faull (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Liz Watkins (University of Leeds). Introduced and chaired by Dr Natasha Eaton (University College London). Full abstracts, bio notes and photographs
BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG: Colour in Context Symposium. 11:00-18:00 Friday 23rd March 2018. University of Bristol. Key note speaker: Professor Lynda Nead, Birkbeck. ‘Greyscale and Colour: the Hues of Nation and Empire c.1945-60. Abstract
The Colour in Context Symposium was organised in conjunction with a Screening and Workshop event: When the New Wave Came to Bristol: Remembering Some People (Clive Donner, 1962) at the Watershed, Bristol 24th March 2018.