Kinemacolor and Kodak

The Enterprise of Colour

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Abstract

This chapter considers two distinctive elements within colour film history: the additive colour system known as Kinemacolor, and the development of subtractive colour film processes by Kodak. By understanding these two film enterprises in terms of their shared vision – to bring colour to the motion picture screen – and their very different approaches to the technical solution and its business development, it establishes the nature of these respective histories and their interrelationship. Kinemacolor, with its concentration on the optical and the mechanical, relied on George Albert Smith’s ingenuity as a lay scientist working with mechanical engineers. Dr Kenneth Mees of Eastman Kodak was the polar opposite, as his colour work represented the professional, scientific approach funded and supported by a global corporation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Colour Fantastic
Subtitle of host publicationChromatic Worlds of Silent Colour
EditorsGiovanna Fossati, Victoria Jackson, Bregt Lameris, Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, Sarah Street, Joshua Yumibe
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Chapter7
Pages145-159
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789048532988
ISBN (Print)9789462983014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameFraming Film

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Enterprise
Kinemacolor
History
Motion pictures
Colour Film Processes
History of Film
Engineers
Optical
Interrelationship

Keywords

  • film
  • additive colour
  • subtractive colour
  • Kinemacolor
  • Eastman Colour
  • George Albert Smith
  • Kenneth Mees

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Gray, W. (2018). Kinemacolor and Kodak: The Enterprise of Colour. In G. Fossati, V. Jackson, B. Lameris, E. Rongen-Kaynakçi, S. Street, & J. Yumibe (Eds.), The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Colour (pp. 145-159). (Framing Film). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789462983014
Gray, William. / Kinemacolor and Kodak : The Enterprise of Colour. The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Colour. editor / Giovanna Fossati ; Victoria Jackson ; Bregt Lameris ; Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi ; Sarah Street ; Joshua Yumibe. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2018. pp. 145-159 (Framing Film).
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The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Colour. ed. / Giovanna Fossati; Victoria Jackson; Bregt Lameris; Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi; Sarah Street; Joshua Yumibe. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2018. p. 145-159 (Framing Film).

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Gray W. Kinemacolor and Kodak: The Enterprise of Colour. In Fossati G, Jackson V, Lameris B, Rongen-Kaynakçi E, Street S, Yumibe J, editors, The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Colour. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 2018. p. 145-159. (Framing Film). https://doi.org/10.5117/9789462983014