THE MAKING OF 3-COLOR TECHNICOLOR (1932-1955)
The Most Glorious Color Motion Picture Films EVER produced.
A few Technicolor movies were made in the 1960s, 70s and 80s,
but the cameras and post filming process simply became too expensive.
Today, ordinary normal colour film is used instead of the Technicolor process,
with the result that saturated colours and gamma curve control are gone...

TECHNICOLOR CAMERA, 3 FILMS
 
 
ORIGINAL SCENE INTO CAMERA LENS, SPLIT TO FILM PATH #1: ORIGINAL SCENE INTO CAMERA LENS, SPLIT TO FILM PATH #2:

MAGENTA FILTER IN PATH #1:

GREEN FILTER IN PATH #2:

RED FILTER COMPRISED OF THE MAGENTA TRANSMITTED LIGHT THROUGH THE RED-ORANGE DYED FILM BASE OF FILM STOCK #3, WHICH SITS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF PANCHROMATIC FILM #1, IN PATH #1:
(TWO FILM STRIPS #1 AND #3 RUN TOGETHER IN FLAT CONTACT THROUGH PATH #1)

 
 

GREEN FILTER IN PATH #2 (PANCHROMATIC FILM STRIP #2 RUNS THROUGH PATH #2):


 

BLUE FILTER COMPRISED OF THE MAGENTA TRANSMITTED LIGHT ON THE ORTHOCHROMATIC (BLUE-ONLY) SENSITIVE FILM #3, WHICH ALSO RUNS THROUGH PATH #1:


RED SCENE ILLUMINATING PANCHROMATIC BLACK AND WHITE FILM STOCK #1:

GREEN SCENE ILLUMINATING PANCHROMATIC BLACK AND WHITE FILM STOCK #2:

BLUE SCENE ILLUMINATING ORTHOCHROMATIC BLACK AND WHITE FILM STOCK #3:

PROCESSED FILM #1 (RED SCENE):

PROCESSED FILM #2 (GREEN SCENE):

PROCESSED FILM #3 (BLUE SCENE):

MATRIX PRINT OF FILM #1 (RED SCENE) = FILM #4

MATRIX PRINT OF FILM #2 (GREEN SCENE) = FILM #5:

MATRIX PRINT OF FILM #3 (BLUE SCENE) = FILM #6:

KEY PRINT OF FILM #2 (GREEN SCENE AT 20-30% DENSITY) = FILM #7:

CYAN DYE:

MAGENTA DYE:

YELLOW DYE:

MATRIX PRINT FILM #4 (RED SCENE) WITH METALLIC SILVER CHEMICALLY REMOVED
AND THEN CYAN DYED:

MATRIX PRINT FILM #5 (GREEN SCENE) WITH METALLIC SILVER CHEMICALLY REMOVED
AND THEN MAGENTA DYED:

MATRIX PRINT FILM #6 (BLUE SCENE) WITH METALLIC SILVER CHEMICALLY REMOVED
AND THEN YELLOW DYED:
 
 
KEY PRINT FILM #7 (20-30% DENSITY GREEN SCENE) = THE RECEIVER FILM:

MATRIX PRINT FILMS #4, #5 AND #6 ADDED TOGETHER BY DYE TRANSFER ONE AFTER THE OTHER ONTO THE RECEIVER FILM #7 = MASTER TECHNICOLOR PRINT.
THERE IS NO BETTER COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY THAN THE TECHNICOLOR PROCESS:
 
 
COMPARE WITH ORIGINAL SCENE. 
ORIGINAL SCENE LOOKS FLAT, UNASTHETIC

3-color Technicolor movie example:
 

Technicolor looks asthetically superior to the eye and makes ANYONE look like a movie star!
PLUS:  Technicolor has a 185-year dye color lifetime (for 20% color fading),  which makes it a truly archivable media.
Do you think digital media will last 185 years, or even stay in the same readable formats that long??

Technicolor and Eastman Kodachrome:  The stuff dreams are made of.

Bing Crosby in White Christmas, Technicolor, 1954

P.S.  Kodachrome processing was discontinued in December 2010.  Ektachrome is still available, but has a vastly inferior dye color lifetime.  (Environmental laws and the digital camera for consumers caused this - tisk tisk on you consumers who abandoned film....)   Technicolor and Kodachrome are black and white films - with the color dye chemicals added during processing.  Ektachrome has the dyes in the film itself, which is why it's not as good.  Kodachrome was a chemical (and environmental) nightmare to do - and required a million dollar machine and was done by mail order to a Kodak processing facility.  But the results were worth the wait, believe me!  You younger generation folks have no idea what colours and gamma curves you're missing in your digital photographs!!