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I should have been thankful for Technicolor dye transfer process


The Technicolor process
Billy Williams Film-maker
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With the Technicolor process ­— which I know you, Neil, would know a lot more about than I would because you... you worked to Technicolor — originally it was a three-strip process with three rolls of film running through the camera at the same time, and then later matrixes would be made from those three negatives and the prints would be made using a print process, using dyes rather than a photographic process. Is that right? Now around 1949 Eastman Kodak brought out the first 35mm colour film in a single layer. It was called Technicolor monopack... monopack, Kodak monopack, and so we had colour film on one strip of film rather than three.

Billy Williams, London-born cinematographer Billy Williams gained his first two Oscar nominations for the acclaimed “Women in Love” and “On Golden Pond”. His third nomination, which was successful, was for the epic “Gandhi”. He was President of the British Society of Cinematographers, and was awarded the Camera Image Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Listeners: Neil Binney

Neil Binney began working as a 'clapper boy' in 1946 on spin-off films from steam radio such as "Dick Barton". Between 1948-1950 he served as a Royal Air Force photographer. From 1950 he was a Technicolor assistant technician working on films such as John Ford's "Mogambo" (photographed by Freddie Young), Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Bob Burke), and Visconti's "Senso" (G.R. Aldo/B. Cracker). As a camera assistant he worked on "Mind Benders", "Billy Liar" and "This Sporting Life". Niel Binney became a camera operator in 1963 and worked with, among others, Jack Cardiff, Fred Tammes and Billy Williams. He was elected associate member of the British Society of Cinematographers in 1981 and his most recent credits include "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Fierce Creatures".

Duration: 57 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008