Transitioning to Black and White
Posted 25 June 2012 - 02:58 AM
The film was released in 1996, pre-DI. How would they have achieved the transitions between black and white and colour? I'm sure there's a simple answer, but I'm not aware of a photochemical way to do this. The only way I can think of that might work would be to strike both colour and black and white IPs and do a dissolve between them, which would have been a special effect at the time.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:25 AM
Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:31 AM
It's hard to do it as a A-B roll contact printing effect because of the lack of a color mask for the b&w film, so there is an extreme printer light change to deal with the b&w element. This is why sometimes b&w footage was put onto a C-roll for an A-B rolled negative.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:41 AM
That's probably what I meant. It's been a while.
This is why sometimes b&w footage was put onto a C-roll for an A-B rolled negative.
I don't know if the DVD would be good enough to detect the quality difference which might give away an optical.
We may need to explain A&B (&sometimes C) -rolling a bit better.
Edited by Mark Dunn, 25 June 2012 - 10:45 AM.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:46 AM
Generally studios require productions complete a single-strand negative so most effects were optically printed. However there are notable exceptions -- the series of slow lap dissolves that begin "E.T." as the camera moves through the ship and outside through the trees around the ship were all done with A-B roll printing to keep them first generation.