Technicolor Process Number III

Another step to further enhance colored motion pictures occurred in 1928. Technicolor developed a third process known as the two-strip dye transfer process. This process is very similar to the previous process with the exception of the developing of the release print. In the second process, the two matrix stocks were cemented together forming one film. In this process a normal 35mm thickness film was coated with the right amount of dye and then transferred onto a blank stock. “The matrix and blank would come into direct contact in a machine that used pressurized rollers to emboss the dyes onto the blank.”17

The two-strip dye transfer process was used through most of the early 1930’s. Most films were still only filming certain sequences in color. Mystery of the Wax Museum was a notable full length colored film in 1933. An article published in the New York Times explains the life like wax figurines that the actors and actresses had to work with. The article also goes on to explain that the material used for the wax figurines was very durable.

In filming a Technicolor picture about five times the amount of light needed for ordinary motion-picture photography is required. After ten or twelve hours of exposure to the extreme heat of a sound stage under such conditions the wax comes to the melting point. This was provided of a specially durable composition material which stood the wear and tear exceedingly well.18

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