Monday, December 24, 2018

They shall not grow old

Today at the gym I heard about "They shall not grow old" a film about WWI using British footage, and by the magic of technology, massaged to make a wonderful retrospective. As far as I can tell it is/was available only Dec. 17 and Dec. 27, which means we have another chance. In Columbus it's at Cinemark on Bethel Rd., 1 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of that terrible war that wiped out a generation of European men. Americans entered it late, but the Ohio History Center has a fabulous exhibit.

“After receiving hundreds of hours of footage from the museum, whose archive is among the world’s largest, the first order of business for Park Road Post was cleaning the film up, removing dust, scratches, tears and other flaws.

Then there was the tricky question of timing, of getting footage that was hand cranked at a variety of speeds to all sync up to today’s 24-frames-per-second standard without looking speeded up or slowed down.

Next came colorization, a process that went to extraordinary lengths to achieve accuracy, including trips to actual footage locations to take thousands of reference photos. No detail, not even the color of a button, was too small to get right.

The same kind of meticulousness went into the soundtrack, where sounds like horses hooves and footsteps in the mud were layered in.”

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