How Early Film Makers Brought Color to Cinema

By One Hundred Years of Cinema

Before film makers were able to capture color on film, they used a technique called hand tinting, where they painted each individual frame to create a color strip.

Starting in 1902 film makers started experimenting with technology that would allow them to record and project color. Although this technology wouldn’t be perfected until later in the century, the 1926 movie The Black Pirate is a fantastic example in early color film. It set a standard in film history to use color as a way to tell the audience something about the character and story.


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