Technology Demo 02 Nexyad Skin 3-Strip a la Technicolor 30’s to 60’s

Technology Demo 02 Nexyad Skin 3-Strip a la Technicolor 30’s to 60’s
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The vocation of NEXYAD is:
– Unleashing Creativity
– Lowering costs
– augmenting the experience of the viewer

Following its two-color process, the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation launched in 1932 a camera that simultaneously managing three films black & white, one as red-sensitive, the second to green and the last to blue. From these negative films, they applied an additional dye color for each matrix (subtractive) and then perfectly juxtaposed the three matrices on perforated film and each was used as a printing plate to be deposited on a support: the positive copy. The Movies using this three-strip process met a huge success with the public because the beauty of their images. It allowed for the first time a “supersaturation” of colors. Some lamented that purpose in the name of “realism”, while creatives used it the whole range available to them (particularly for its Walt Disney cartoons). This revolutionary technique comes from MIT engineer Herbert Kalmus.

The skin Nexyad 3-strip reproduces the Technicolor process used from the thirties to the sixties, as we analyzed in many films. It is not just saturate the colors, or to multiply the red, green and blue together. Otherwise we fast get fluorescent colors everywhere; meadows “lime green” skies “cobalt blue”, etc … in all circumstances. However, we give luster to certain shades for famous movies like “The Wizard of Oz,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Duel in the Sun,” “An American in Paris,” “Scaramouche” “Ben Hur”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, etc.
The overall rendering of skin Nexyad 3-Strip is rather dark in luminance (case generally observed on the period films), with a quite strong contrast saturation: low saturated colors may alternate with saturated color spots. Similarly, all colors are not possible. In particular, the red shades are highly targeted.

This example did not need human intervention, automatic treatments was directly applied on rushes.

The Nexyad Skins are based on a high-tech combining image analysis, human visual perception analysis, image processing and color theories of great pictorial movements. The image data are statistically processed and then by a powerful neural network, and artificial intelligence. Artists’s creativity is released with the Nexyad skins, which also allow lower post-production costs to the financials and enhance the viewer’s experience by ensuring visual result worthy of the great Hollywood productions.