Special interest group:
Colour and Film
The BAFTSS Colour and Film Special Interest Group is an international forum of researchers, filmmakers, archivists and film conservation specialists.
The Colour and Film SIG offers a space in which to discuss the questions that arise through the study of colour, its technologies, research methodologies, theories, philosophies and their historical contexts in cinema. The Special Interest Group organises seminars, screenings, conferences, and publications to facilitate discussion and collaboration on colour, film, television and screen studies.
Areas of research include colour materials and processes (for example, tinting, toning, hand painting, Kinemacolor, Pathécolor, Dufaycolour, Gasparcolor, Agfacolor, Eastmancolor,) and techniques such as digital colourisation; the theories and intermedial contexts that have informed colour design; and approaches to colour advocated by companies such as Technicolor. The SIG welcomes researchers working on colour, television, and screen studies. The Colour and Film research group explores the history of experimentation and representation in the making, circulation and exhibition of colour film, video and other formats.
The concepts explored in different exhibition contexts and filmic texts include ‘natural colour’, realism and spectacle; fiction, non-fiction, colour and the travelogue; the association of colour with the cosmetic, ornamentation and all that is trivial yet continues to find new meanings that testify to its vital role in film history, making and theory; colour and perception, subjectivity, affect and sexuality; colour and genre, through to the conservation, restoration and exhibition of archival film.
The Colour and Film SIG has organised conference panels and symposia on cinema, colour and realism, film archives. The group organises the Colour, Film, Research Seminars (online).
The Colour and Film SIG's Announcements/CFPs page details of new symposia, screenings and conference panels organised by the BAFTSS Colour and Film SIG alongside other CFPs and events on colour that are of interest to colour researchers.
The Notes on Colour blog includes short pieces on new research in colour including: 'Visual Composition in Widescreen', 'Weaponised Colour', 'Early Colour Cinema in Aberdeen', and apocalyptic colour, the introduction of colour TV and Coronation Street, Pan si Dong/ Cave of the Silken Web (1927), Colour Across Chinese Cinemas, Black Narcissus (1947/2020), Raycol, Colour Psychology and the Cold War Era, Sonia Delaunay and the Keller-Dorian Colour System, Point Blank (Boorman, 1967), conference reports, colour and film.
BAFTSS is affiliated with the Colour Group GB who organise an annual International Conference in Color in Film.
The BAFTSS Special Interest Group on Colour and Film is convened by Professor Sarah Street (University of Bristol) and Dr Liz Watkins (University of Leeds) and Dr Vicky Jackson (University of Bristol). New members welcome! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org