Thursday Morning – Lights, Camera, Action!
Yesterday was my proclaimed day-of-rest. I didn't do nuttin' or go anywhere with the exception of answering the phone. And got a few postings up on the website, but that's done while sitting. Now I'm feeling ready to resume normal activities today and hoping it warms up outside. Winter weather arrived here yesterday with snow flurries that turned to rain along with cold air and some winds. So we're looking at January arriving soon and can't do anything about that.
I imagine that a lot of folks, including some that you know, received a video camera as a present this week. That kind of leads into this interesting video that was posted on YouTube by the Kodak Foundation. It is their laboratory film color testing results when they were developing the Kodachrome movie film in 1922. Their purpose, I presume, was to see how the range of colors transferred to film and held up, so we can see a lot of bright colors in a variety of presentations.
Keeping in mind that this test was carried out 100 years ago, we know that these lovely ladies that were chosen to model the clothes are all gone now. I can't help but wonder how their lives played out as they grew older and lost their "bloom of youth." From one of Eastman Kodak's interactive websites (HERE) we learn that:
"In these newly preserved tests, made in 1922 at the Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey, actress Mae Murray appears almost translucent, her flesh a pale white that is reminiscent of perfectly sculpted marble, enhanced with touches of color to her lips, eyes, and hair. She is joined by actress Hope Hampton modeling costumes from The Light in the Dark (1922), which contained the first commercial use of Two-Color Kodachrome in a feature film. Ziegfeld Follies actress Mary Eaton and an unidentified woman and child also appear.
George Eastman House is the repository for many of the early tests made by the Eastman Kodak Company of their various motion picture film stocks and color processes. The Two-Color Kodachrome Process was an attempt to bring natural lifelike colors to the screen through the photochemical method in a subtractive color system. First tests on the Two-Color Kodachrome Process were begun in late 1914. Shot with a dual-lens camera, the process recorded filtered images on black/white negative stock, then made black/white separation positives. The final prints were actually produced by bleaching and tanning a double-coated duplicate negative (made from the positive separations), then dyeing the emulsion green/blue on one side and red on the other. Combined they created a rather ethereal palette of hues."
If you are interested in film history, go ahead and follow that link and meet the man who restored this clip, Kyle Alvut. He explains what causes the flickering that you see. Have fun!
Now let's make our own fun and get this equipment checked out for today. I'm going to have fun with coffee before we meet back in the day room. See you there.
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