Sending shock waves of envy amongst all spectacled academic types, the National Media Museum in the U.K. released a video bragging about the discovery of first ever color film credited to Edward Raymond Turner.
You’d think someone would have come across this sooner, considering its importance in film history. It turns out that unlike many of Turner’s contemporaries like Georges Méliès, Turner didn’t hand-paint the actual film, making the fact that it was a color film practically invisible. Instead, he employed the technique of tainting each frame in red, blue or green, making the final projection appear fully colored. RGB layering!
Ah, yeah, cool old thing. Considering film has become an outdated medium, what this find means for the future of film, we cannot say. However, this makes for a fine addition to our gallery of creepy children leering at us from cinematic past.