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How is color determined when colorizing black and white movies?

They don't know. They don't care. It doesn't matter what were the original colors. As the movie was filmed in black and white, the set, the costumes, even the makeup was designed to look good in ...
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What's with dark "shining" in old black and white TV?

This happened in many TV shows that were captured using a vacuum tube based analog electronic video camera. Scripted television was more often produced on traditional movie film, but lower budget ...
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Are modern black & white movies shot in colour?

Wikipedia suggests that they are filmed in color and the converted to monochrome on post-production Since the 1970s, fiction feature films have been filmed almost exclusively in color. Some films ...
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How is color determined when colorizing black and white movies?

There are lots of ways they can determine the colors. If those movies props are still available, they can take a look at it. Usually, their descriptions are also available, they can guess the colors ...
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Why is Werewolf by Night in black and white?

Werewolf by Night is a homage to classic horror films from the 1940s and 1950s (back when most films were in black-and-white). According to Michael Giacchino, Werewolf by Night director, "from ...
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Why is the episode "Metalhead" of Black Mirror in black & white?

Director David Slade suggested Charlie Brooker to shoot the episode in Black and White and he agreed with it. They initially did some tests and then decided to shoot it in B&W. Director David ...
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Why is Werewolf by Night in black and white?

Explained here: Speaking with ComicBook.com's Phase Zero, Werewolf by Night executive producer Brian Gay noted that this color palette was utilized to give extra emphasis to this special presentation ...
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How is color determined when colorizing black and white movies?

There are three general situations: For material which was deliberately shot in black and white, there might not be any "true" intended color, so whoever is doing the colorizing may have to invent it....
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Did male actors in post-war black and white films wear green make-up?

Was this purely a television phenomenon Apparently, yes. This was due to the way lower resolution of TV cameras compared to movie film... Commercial television came to America during the 1940s ...
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Was Broken Blossoms (1919) originally shown with tinted film?

While color film was only experimental until the early 1920s, probably at least half of all silent movies had some kind of color. It could be tinting (where the clear parts of the frame are a ...
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How could a projectionist destroy an old black and white film accidentally?

Set it on fire Perhaps from a lit cigarette. Old film stock was nitrate based... Nitrate film base was the first transparent flexible plasticized base commercially available, thanks to celluloid ...
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How is color determined when colorizing black and white movies?

First of all, remember that The Wizard of Oz was shot in color (except for the Kansas scenes). But, for the general case, where the color isn't immediately obvious (sky, water, grass, trees, etc.), ...
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Old black-and-white political comedy about a young idealist running for Mayor

This seems to be the American B&W comedy The Reformer and the Redhead from 1950. Hot-tempered Kathleen Maguire enlists the services of a young attorney to help her zookeeper father get his job ...
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How could a projectionist destroy an old black and white film accidentally?

I have been a projectionist for over 20 years, so hopefully can help to answer your question. You don't say what period you are setting your story in as that has a bit of an impact on exactly how the ...
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Would the full unedited film of a movie made in 1930 still exist somewhere?

Thanks to Tetsujin for the link Almost certainly not. The vast majority of pre-1930 film stock has been lost either due to destruction or simply that the nitrate film stock used at the time is was not ...
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Why is the movie Following (1998) shot in black & white?

As explained in the relevant Wikipedia page: Following was written and planned to be as inexpensive to produce as possible [...] For the most part, Nolan filmed without professional film ...
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How is color determined when colorizing black and white movies?

In the old days of colorizing film was done BY HAND. Literally painting the negatives and reshooting it to make a new frame. While color film was expensive, it wasn't for still images and records of ...
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Cop chasing thief silent film trope

Twenty Minutes of Love is an early Chaplin Keystone Comedy that involves sets of lovers and a stolen watch. It doesn't exactly follow the scenario you describe, but if it is a Chaplin film you are ...
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Old Hammer Horror 1960's early 70's - Mummy-like stone creature

I believe your're looking for the 1958 film Curse of the Faceless Man The story is about a gladiator who is discovered at Pompeii. The stone like features would be down to the ash from the volcano ...
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Why is the episode "Metalhead" of Black Mirror in black & white?

I have a personal interpretation of why the episode was shot in black and white. The story line is set in a post-apocalyptic world where intelligent machine dogs attack and kill humans. Now the black ...
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Black and white, man and boy custody story, urban setting, circa 1950-1960

I believe you are referring to the movie "A Thousand Clowns", made in 1965 starring Jason Robards. The plot from imdb, "A middle-aged iconoclast, doggedly avoiding the tedium of employment and ...
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Cop chasing thief silent film trope

Charlie Chaplin's Essanay short In the Park(1915) has a very similar storyline. While a count (Leo White) sweet-talks a woman on a park bench, a pickpocket (Lloyd Bacon) steals her purse. When the ...
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How could a projectionist destroy an old black and white film accidentally?

Lighting it on fire would be one option, but certainly a dramatic option! I'm not sure how much of a "splash" you'd be trying to make. Other ways to ruin film come to mind: Spill a drink (maybe a ...
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