New algorithmic coloring software could either revitalize or stop the restoration technique cold in its tracks.
If you were a television junkie back in the late ’80s or early ’90s, you may remember a certain trend of classic black-and-white films popping up completely colorized. And if you watched any of them, you probably had one of two opinions.
“The first,” The Solomon Society offers in its latest video essay The Future of Film Colorization, “is that it brings new life to the movie, making it more accessible to newer and younger audiences.” The second opinion is that it degrades the work of the filmmakers. “The lighting, costumes, and atmosphere were all set up to be shot and shown on black-and-white film. It ruins the mood and tone the director wanted, because the color scheme is chosen by the colorist.”
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