American inventor and film pioneer, Charles Francis Jenkins, hypothesised that the combination of coloured lights and film could ‘wonderfully enhance the beauty of the moving pictures’ (1). Jenkins posited that chromatic rings may be painted onto lantern-slides and projected through an additional lantern, alongside the cinematograph, so that they enveloped the moving images on the … Continue reading “A Novelty Never Before Attempted”: Spectacular Illusions and Early Colour Cinema in Aberdeen, Scotland. by Stephen McBurney
Surplus Splendour Hollywood films of the 1950s and 60s were not simply colourful, oversized, and sonically stimulating, but all those things at once. In Silk Stockings (Rouben Mamoulian, 1957), the choral repetition of 'Glorious Technicolor, breath taking CinemaScope and stereophonic sound’ well conveys the surplus splendour of mid-century cinema. Stopping to appreciate the commercial, technological and … Continue reading ‘Visual Composition in Widescreen and Colour Film’ by Steven F. Roberts.
Notes on Colour is the BAFTSS' Special Interest Group on Colour and Films' blog. Introducing the first post for Notes on Colour (May 2018): Kirsty Dootson Sinclair's conference report on colour presentations at: SCMS 2018, the Colour Group GB's Third International Conference on Colour in Film, which was organised in collaboration with the University of Zurich and University of … Continue reading Notes on Colour
Introducing the first post for the Notes on Colour pages of the BAFTSS' Special Interest Group on Colour and Film. Kirsty Sinclair Dootson's Conference report encompassing presentations on colour at: SCMS 2018, the Colour Group GB's Third International Conference on Colour in Film (organised by University of Applied Science HTW in Berlin, University Zurich, British Film … Continue reading What We Talk About When We Talk About Colour. Kirsty Sinclair Dootson. Conference report. May 2018.