How were silent tinted prints assembled for distribution?

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How were silent tinted prints assembled for distribution?

Unread post by 2 Reel » Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:39 pm

Having watched Filibus (1915) recently, a tinted print from the Netherlands, I was curious to ask exactly how were tinted prints made in 1915. Since each scene was tinted a different color, were the distribution prints disassembled scene by scene, dyed, and then reassembled scene by scene, resulting in a print sent to theaters containing a visible splice at the beginning and end of every individually tinted scene? Did these run smoothly through theater projectors with all those additional splices? By comparison, was the black and white standard to run one continuous-per-reel print with no visible splices within that reel since it was struck from one negative in one printing?
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Re: How were silent tinted prints assembled for distribution

Unread post by luciano » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:15 am

Just a quick example here. If you had a short film with 10 blue scenes, 12 amber scenes, and 2 green scenes, a print would be split up into 3 rolls. One roll all blue scenes, one all amber, and one all green. These rolls would be dyed and spliced back together in their correct order. The splices ran smoothly and weren't too noticeable. The B&W version would be splice less because it was printed off the negative in one pass. Here's a link that provides some extra bits.

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Re: How were silent tinted prints assembled for distribution

Unread post by syd » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:31 pm

http://www.moviemice.com/_pages/silent/index.php" target="_blank

Picture 29:

"assembling positive (release) prints, World Studio, Ft. Lee - before color film, sections were tinted and toned to effectively change the mood: blue for night, amber for day, and these rolls were processed separately and spliced into the print that went out to theaters."

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