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Coloring Silent Film

Wednesday, June 3–Thursday, June 4, 2020, All Day, George Eastman Museum

Tuition: $500 ($475 members), plus $50 materials fee

Workshop for 10 participants

Do you marvel at the rich, lush colors of silent nitrate motion pictures? In the early days of silent cinema, black-and-white motion picture films were occasionally toned to create dramatic effect; some were even hand-colored to give the impression of a full-color image. In this workshop, you will learn how to chemically bleach and tone the silver image, tint film stock, and apply colors in selected areas of the film frame. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to take home the film stock you worked on.

This workshop is scheduled 2 days prior to the Nitrate Picture Show (June 5 to 7) so that participants can learn how to color film and appreciate its artistry before attending the festival. Workshop tuition includes a weekend pass to the Nitrate Picture Show.

A work apron, formulas, and instructions are included.

Audience: Limited to 10 participants, this 2-day workshop is for filmmakers, teachers and students of film history, and anyone interested in the history of the cinema. No experience necessary.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session’s start date will result in a refund minus a $300 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 30 days before the workshop’s start date. If the workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire tuition will be fully refunded. The George Eastman Museum is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees.

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The workshop is held at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. Directions can be found here.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop; participants must make their own arrangements.

Please Note: The museum may take images, still or video, during the workshop and use them for educational and promotional purposes.