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Mr. Michael Franklin
National Executive Director
Directors Guild of America, Inc.
7950 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90046

Dear Michael:

The Los Angeles Local Board of Directors, at its
meeting of January 7, 1987, unanimously reconfirmed
our total support of the Directors Guild of America's
efforts to stop the needless coloring of the original
works of art known as black and white motion pictures.

Board of Directors
FRANK ALETTER
FRED ANDERSON
ED ARNOLD
ALICE LACKES
BARBANA BANNI
DOUBIC BATES
ANGELA BLACK
MUKE DOTULA
SUSAN BOYD
WALTER BROOKE
HOWANO CAINE
CONE CONLEY
NORMA CONNOLLY
NEQA CONDIC
DONNA DAVIDSON
FRITZ FELD
JAY GERBER
SALA JANE GOULD
NANCI MAMMONO
PAT MARRINGTON
SUMI MARU
PETER MASKELL
CINDY NOWAKO
MARILYN JACKSON
JON JOYCE
MARVIN KAPLAN
TOM LANCASTER
PAT U
RITA LYNN
MARTI MECALL
FRANK MANWELL
STAN MAZIN
TED MEYER
PAUL NADER
FRANK NELSON
MIKE O'NEL
JONIN RAKOOL
FRANCES REID
DEAN SANTONO
CHARLES SIENERT
K.T. STEVENS
SALLY STEVENS
BILL STOUT
YALE SUMMERS
LOS TREMAYNE
STAN UNDUH
GEOFF WITCHER
MILUE WRIGHT
DILL ZUCKERT

In order to make our support better known, the Board
of Directors has instructed me to distribute this
letter to the Screen Actors Guild, our sister Locals,
and to Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox and Turner
Broadcasting, who have already, we feel, defaced
several black and white treasures and have announced
plans to continue this deplorable practice.

Siggerely,

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RECEIVED
DGA NATIONAL OFFICE

SONYA LAMONICA
Acolatent

Executive Secretary
SCOTT NOSTAJA
Assistant

Executive Secretary MIRSCH ADELL

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JAN 13 1987

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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At a recent executive board meeting, the International Photographers Guild, Local 659 of the 1.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,
we share your many objections to this and any process that mutilates
the integrity of Black and White films.

Please let us know if we can be of any assistance concerning this matter.

Best wishes.

Sincerely,

George Spurs Dibie

George Spiro Dibie
President, Local 659
International Photographers Guild

Affiliated with

AFL CIO
California State Federation of labor
Calitornia State Theatrical Federation

Howa State AFL CIO
Hollywood Film Council

Los Angeles County

federation of lobor Northwest Oregon Labor Council Socramento Control labor Council

San Francisco labor Council
Santa Clara Control Labor Council

Southern Nevado
Control Labor Council

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In representing the Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists of ir wonderful industries, I too would like to go on record 1.2 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
(altering) the artistic endeavors of so many talented people,
would be like my trying to do a make-up on the "Mona Lisa".

I can further assure you that if Perc Westmore were alive
today he would have filed an immediate law suit after viewing
"The Maltese Falcon" and seeing how "Bogie" and Mary Astor
looked.

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
Business Representative

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SAG NATIONAL BOARD OPPOSES 'COLORIZING' OP BLACK & WHITE PILMS

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
concerns about the deleterious effect of colorizing and its
artificial and inaccurate rendering of actors' physical features
and characteristics. Many voiced a strong distaste for the
unrealistic pink and orange skin tones which obscure the
carefully photographed contours and nuances of actors' faces.
Several incidents of incorrect hair and eye color were noted,
as well as the color tint's inability to keep pace with actors'
movements and expressions.

Guild officials will meet with directors and other interested parties to explore methods of discouraging continued colorizing of black-and-white films.

RECEIVED DGA NATIONAL OFFICE

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MR MICHAEL FRANKLIN

DEAR MICHAEL,

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
SOLEMMLY THE ENGAGEMENT NEVER TO BUY THE RIGHTS OR BROADCAST A FILM
THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO COLORIZED.
FOR THE MOMENT WE RECEIVED SUCH ENGAGEMENT FROM TF1, CANAL PLUS,
LA CINQ, TV6. WE ARE WAITING FOR THE ANSWERS OF ANTENNE 2 AND FR3.
IT SEEMS FAIRLY POSSIBLE THAT WE RECEIVE A FULL AGREEMENT OF ALL
THE FRENCH TV CHANNELS.

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