The Start of the Rainbow

Possibilities of Color Motion Photography for the Amateur


  • Louisa Trott University of Tennessee



Color motion picture film, Amateur motion picture film, Additive color processes, Historical color processes


This paper provides a chronology and summary of amateur cinematography’s early color history. Drawing primarily on articles and advertisements in amateur movie makers' publications and the popular press in the United States and Europe, it summarizes the additive color motion picture processes, effects, and equipment available to amateur cinematographers in the 1920s and ‘30s. The paper concludes that while these additive processes might appear primitive and flawed in comparison to later processes and technologies, they are worthy of celebration and appreciation for their ingenuity and unique characteristics.


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How to Cite

Trott, L. (2022) “The Start of the Rainbow: Possibilities of Color Motion Photography for the Amateur”, Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science, 14(01), pp. 47–54. doi: 10.23738/CCSJ.140106.



Color Photography & Film papers