Technicolor Celebrates 100 Years

February 16, 2015

Where would we be without Technicolor? The brand is synonymous with Hollywood and the film industry is forever beholden to it. Its fantastical, eye-popping color technology gained prominence as the earliest color process and ushered in the golden age of Hollywood. One hundred years later, Technicolor remains ever present in color technology.

To celebrate its contribution to the industry we love, here are some of our favorite examples of Technicolor’s earlier process films. Plus, a special set of BCC Two-Strip Color (new to BCC 9) freebies for you.

The Toll of the Sea, 1922 >  Two-Strip Process

The Toll of the Sea was the second Technicolor feature ever and the first color feature that did not require a special projector for screening.

The Black Pirate, 1926 > Two-Strip Process

The Black Pirate  is widely considered among the most lavish productions to use the two-strip method of color reproduction. It was also distributed in black and white due to technical issues with projecting early two-strip color Technicolor films.

La Cucaracha, 1934 > Three-Strip Process

La Cucaracha is considered the first live action short to be filmed in the Full Technicolor process (three-strip). Other films had included sequences that utilized the three-strip process, however, La Cucaracha is widely perceived as the film that cemented Technicolor as the premiere color cinematography process.

The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1938 > Three-Strip Process

The Adventures of Robin Hood is Warner Brothers first color film to use the three-strip process. It's tagline reflects its Technicolor glory: "Only the rainbow can duplicate its brilliance!"

The Wizard of Oz, 1939 > Three-Strip Process

The Wizard of Oz is probably the most famous Technicolor film. The vivid color was used as both an effect and a story telling device. Dorothy's ruby slippers, The Emerald City, and The Yellow Brick Road would not have had such an impact, if not for the awe-inspiring saturated three-strip process used.

The Black Swan, 1942 > Three-Strip Process

The Black Swan uses the nearly perfected three-strip process. The film is so gorgeous that it won the 1942 Oscar for Cinematography (color) and was nominated for Best Visual Effects.

Singin’ in the Rain, 1952 > 3 Strip Process

Gotta Dance! The treasured MGM musical about the art of filmmaking and the advent of talkies features dreamlike dance sequences fueled by the use of colored theatrical lighting, resulting in what appears to be moving, modern/pop art paintings.

We're celebrating Technicolor's 100th anniversary with a gift for you. Recreate the looks of classic Hollywood with 7 BCC Two-Strip Color presets. The presets are available to all BCC 9 users and users with the latest version of the BCC Film Style Unit .

Download your free presets.

Learn how BCC Two-Strip Color uses two-strip and three-strip color processing.

Happy 100th anniversary  Technicolor ! And cheers to 100 more!


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