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SARA JANE GOULD
Mr. Michael Franklin
National Executive Director
Directors Guild of America, Inc.
Los Angeles, California 90046
The Los Angeles Local Board of Directors, at its
In order to make our support better known, the Board
At a recent executive board meeting, the International Photographers Guild, Local 659 of the I.A.T.S.E., went on record as totally opposed to the coloring of Black and White pictures. We feel that this obscene proposal lacks justification on all levels of artistry and creativity. It is a unilateral decision disregarding an important period of the industry's history as well as the history of America. Quite obviously, this decision is based solely on greed and no other consideration.
As a Guild that represents the world's greatest cinematographers,
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance concerning this matter.
ke-Up artists & Hair
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture J. ine Operatore of the United States and Canada
MAKE-UP ARTISTS and HAIR STYLISTS
11519 CHANDLER BOULEVARD • NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA 91601 · PHONES: (213) 877-2776 (818) 984-1700
December 15, 1986
Mr. Gil Cates, President
Directors Guild of America, Inc.
7950 Sunset Blvd.,
Los Angeles, Ca. 90046
In representing the Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists of ir wonderful industries, I too would like to go on record in opposing the colorizing of the classic black and white films that have been made down through the years.
I also was there when we made many of these beautiful films and did participate in the early testing and designing of the proper colors that we used to make these classics.
In viewing the colorized black and white's I find that the faces and hair of the actors and actresses are simply atrocious. I can assure you that if any one of our Make-Up Artists would have made a player look like they do after being colorized we would have been fired on the spot.
In my humble opinion, I feel that the colorizing
I can further assure you that if Perc Westmore were alive
In short, this is a bastardization of the arts of our industry and although I realize that many many millions of dollars are about to be made on this project, I want to see it stopped for the 600 plus people that I represent.
Gil, anything that Local 706, the Make-Up Artists and Hairstylists can do to help in this effort, we stand ready, willing and able to do. I would like you to know that this expression has been approved by the Executive Board of this Local.
Sincerely and fraternally
Howard J. Smit
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD
December 1, 1986
CONTACT: MARK LOCHER
SAG NATIONAL BOARD OPPOSES 'COLORIZING' OF BLACK & WHITE FILMS
The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors has voted unanimously to oppose the "colorizing" of black-and-white films, and to cooperate with the Directors Guild of America and other industry organizations to discourage the practice.
By a vote of 65 to 0 (with four abstentions), Guild Board members expressed strong disapproval of "colorization," joining a growing number of industry artists and craftspeople who object to the computerized tinting of films for strictly commercial purposes. Board members acknowledged the financial incentives behind the practice, and opposed colorizing on artistic grounds.
In discussion prior to the vote, Guild officers expressed grave
Guild officials will meet with directors and other interested parties to explore methods of discouraging continued colorizing of black-and-white films.
D BUILD LSA
MR MICHAEL FRANKLIN
THE FRENCH MOVIE AUTHORS AND DIRECTORS FULLY SUPPORT THE FIGHT LED BY THE DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA AGAINST THE COLORIZATION OF THE BLACK AND WHITE FILMS.
SACD HAS ASKED ALL THE PRESIDENTS OF THE TV CHANNELS TO TAKE
SOLEMNLY THE ENGAGEMENT NEVER TO BUY THE RIGHTS OR BROADCAST A FILM
FOR THE MOMENT WE RECEIVED SUCH ENGAGEMENT FROM TF1, CANAL PLUS,