Welcome to The Vault

Our legacy is our future

Explore over 107 years of iconic work

Curated by Bob Hoffman, Technicolor historian and long-standing friend of the studio

Photographer Anthony Friedkin’s image, below, was taken on the Universal Studios backlot, sometime in the late 1970s. The vault held any number of classic Technicolor 3-strip 35mm film prints, but we use it here in a metaphorical way – to suggest the value of preservation of our shared legacy and heritage. Aside from those cinematic assets in the image, we believe they represent the enduring value of the company’s celebrated past, that continues to resonate today, informing our future goals. What do we mean by legacy and heritage?

Copyright © Anthony Friedkin

A simple web search comes-up with definitions that contextualize these concepts, “…heritage is the history, traditions, and qualities that have been passed on for many years, and that define what it is today; legacy is a current situation that exists because of actions or events in the past…”

Reflecting on Technicolor’s twelve decade-long history, we’ve chosen to create a space for those many interested parties who wish to know more about the company’s celebrated past…BUT not as an exercise in nostalgia. William Shakespeare was quite clear-eyed when he suggested, “what’s past is prologue.” Obviously, he was addressing a very different context, while author William Faulkner once quipped, “the past is never dead. In fact, it is not even past.” This notion, of how the past continues to resonate, is something we plan to explore — while not pitting the past against the present.

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Scroll through major moments in our iconic history.

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NOW
1915

Technicolor is born

1917

Technicolor's first commercially released film 'The Gulf Between'

1921

Technicolor redesign camera and printing process for The Toll of the Sea

1922

Technicolor makes the front page of the New York Times

1926

Color is embraced on feature films 'Wings' and 'The Black Pirate'

1929

Technicolor worked on the first ever all-talking, all-2-color film 'On with the Show!'

1929

Audiences found the combination of color, sound and music irresistible, and in 1929 Technicolor signed with Warner Bros for twenty all-color feature films

1932

Technicolor add color to Walt Disney’s short cartoon Flowers and Trees, the first film to use Technicolor's new and improved three-strip process

1933

Disney's 1933 Technicolor success, Three Little Pigs is released

1934

Natalie Kalmus

1935

During the 1935-1936 production season, Technicolor's volume of release print footage increases from 22 million to over 37 million feet of film

1935

The first feature-length movie shot entirely in three-strip Technicolor, Becky Sharp

1937

The first Bollywood film in Technicolor

1937

Shirley Temple presents Walt Disney with an honorary Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1937

3-strip Technicolor was a huge success and it ushered in a golden period for Technicolor

1937

Snow White becomes highest-grossing animated film of all time during this era

1938

The Adventures of Robin Hood was the first full-length feature film from Warner Bros. to use the three-strip Technicolor process

1939

Gone with the Wind

1939

The Wizard of Oz triumphantly realized in Technicolor

1941

Technicolor introduces new multi-layer single film process, Monopack

1943

The early 1940s

1945

Significant film achievements were seen during wartime

1952

The decade's top ten highest grossing films boasted "Color by Technicolor"

1953

A successful 50s for Technicolor with the increasing popularity of television

1953

The Greatest Show on Earth

1953

Jhansi Ki Rani is credited as 'Color by Technicolor'

1955

Technicolor and the heyday of Hollywood Musicals

1955

Following World War 2, Technicolor reaffirmed its place as the industry benchmark. That never changed from the late 1930s onward and inclusive of the ‘50s

1958

In Hollywood, director Alfred Hitchcock created his Technicolor masterpieces including North by Northwest and Vertigo

1960

The 1960s saw the dramatic growth of television, leading to motion pictures being shown on screen at home

1960

Shortly after his retirement, Dr. Kalmus became one of the few non-performers to be honored on the Hollywood Boulevard's 'Walk of Fame'

1962

Kollywood in Technicolor

1970

Francis Ford Coppola & Warren Beatty signify the future direction with the help of Technicolor

1970

Dr. Kalmus and the longevity of Technicolor

1970

Technicolor ceased dye-transfer printing in the 1970s and completed the transition to modern color film processing.

1975

The 70s and Technicolor

1976

The introduction of high-speed bulk release-printing first facilitated by Technicolor

1980

Technicolor introduces the new silver-retention process on Warren Beatty’s 'Reds'

1980

The last directors using Technicolor's dye-transfer

1985

Picture Gallery - MPC Showreel

1986

Monkey Business - MPC Showreel

1990

The Mill opened in Soho as the world’s first fully digital VFX house for advertising

1997

The Mill stepped into feature films with Mill Film, founded by Robin Sheffield and Pat Joseph

1998

The Mill builds all models for the first two films in the Harry Potter franchise

1999

The Hollywood Technicolor lab reintroduced dye transfer

2000

Mill Film completes work on Ridley Scott epic 'Gladiator'

2001

Visual effects facility Mill Film (The Mill) pick up an Oscar at the 73rd Academy Awards for ‘Best Visual Effects’ for ‘Gladiator’

2001

A leader in digital technologies, Thomson SA maintains its legacy of innovation by aquiring Technicolor

2001

Technicolor creates stand-alone division devoted to digital intermediate production

2001

MR. X (MPC) is founded and opens studio in Toronto

2002

MPC Advertising (now The Mill) add VFX to Madonna’s music video ‘Die Another Day’

2005

A word from Martin Scorsese about Technicolor

2006

The Mill expands locations with opening of Los Angeles office

2007

The iconic Cadbury’s ‘Gorilla’ campaign featuring VFX from MPC Advertising (The Mill)

2008

Technicolor Games kickstarts work on FIFA with EA

2008

Mikros Image wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival for Laurent Cantet’s film 'Entre les murs'

2009

The Mill wins a yellow D&AD pencil for Coke ‘It’s Mine’

2009

Mikros Image's Logorama wins Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

2009

The Mill receives two BAFTAs for Visual Effects for work on the Return of Dr Who 

2010

Nickelodeon awards Technicolor’s Bangalore-based animation studio, Paprikaas, the Kung Fu Panda TV series 

2010

The Mill collaborates with Nike for their 2010 World Cup campaign

2011

The Mill wins a Gold Ciclope Award for Guinness ‘Cloud’ 

2011

VW 'Beetle' strikes Gold for The Mill at LIA

2011

Technicolor provides services to support Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 record opening

2012

The Mill wins Gold British Arrow for Range Rover 'Accelerator'

2012

The Mill adds VFX to Channel 4's iconic ‘Meet The Superhumans’

2012

MPC win BAFTA for Special Visual Effects on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

2012

Technicolor celebrates 100 years of creative technology with a Hollywood star of recognition

2013

MPC win 3 major awards for Visual Effects on Life of Pi 

2014

MR. X (MPC) wins Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Visual Effects for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

2014

The Mill wins a yellow D&AD Pencil for Peta ‘98% Human'

2014

Mikros Animation’s first feature animation - Asterix - The Mansions of the Gods

2014

MR. X (MPC) wins Canadian Screen Award for Best Visual Effects in a TV Program for Vikings

2015

The Little Prince marks Mikros Animation's first collaboration on an international project

2015

MR. X (MPC) wins Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Visual Effects for Pompeii

2016

SONIC BOOM™ launches: a co-production between SEGA of America, Inc. & Mikros Animation

2016

The Mill wins a Gold Cannes Innovation Lion

2016

Technicolor Games begins working with 2K

2017

MPC win Academy Award, BAFTA and VES Awards for Best VFX for The Jungle Book 

2017

The first international feature for Mikros Animation - Release of Captain Underpants: The Epic Movie

2017

The Shape of Water

2018

First collaboration between Mikros Animation and Technicolor Animation Productions on an animation episodic project: Team DroniX

2018

Captain Underpants: The Epic Movie is nominated at VES in the category “Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature” 

2018

MPC Advertising (The Mill) partner with adam&eveDDB on the Elton John starring John Lewis campaign 'The Boy & The Piano'

2018

Technicolor Games partners with Santa Monica Studios

2018

MR. X (MPC) wins Canadian Screen Award for Best Visual Effects in a TV Program for Vikings

2018

Director Alfonso Cuarón recognizes Technicolor's work on Roma

2019

ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS becomes the most-watched kids series in Europe

2019

MPC Advertising (The Mill) partner with Ridley Scott for Hennessy ‘Seven Worlds’ adventure

2020

MPC wins BAFTA for best Special Visual Effects for 1917 

2020

MPC wins VES award for Best VFX for The Lion King 

2020

MPC Advertising (now The Mill) launches the award-winning Festive campaign for Burberry, which goes on to win 100+ awards

2020

MR. X (MPC) wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Effects for Vikings

2020

The Mill opens boutique studio in the heart of Berlin

2021

Technicolor Creative Studios is ready to Go "Beyond Imagination"

2021

Andrea Miloro named as President of Mikros Animation 

2021

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run nominated for the 2021 VES awards

2021

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion becomes the all-time best performer in France box office 

2021

MR. X (MPC) receives Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects for Love and Monsters 

2021

MPC Advertising (now The Mill) awarded the first ever Gold Cannes Lion for Color Grade

2021

Technicolor Games appoints new Global President, Jeaneane Falkler

2021

Technicolor Games works on NBA 2K22, which becomes #1 downloaded title on Playstation in 2021

2022

The Mill and MPC Advertising Unite Under The Mill Brand

2022

VFX studios MPC Film and MPC Episodic integrate with MR. X under MPC brand

2022

Technicolor Games solidifies footprint in the video games market with continued expansion

2022

The Mill takes home two accolades at the VES Awards

2022

Season 1 Of Gus, The Itsy Bitsy Knight, from Mikros Animation, is still conquering charts

2022

MPC Wins ‘Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature’ VES Award for Finch

2022

MPC wins Canadian Screen Award for Best Visual Effects in a TV Program for Vikings

2022

MPC wins Genie Award for Best VFX in Around the World in 80 Days

2022

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