Welcome to The Vault
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?
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.Keep reading
Scroll through major moments in our iconic history.
Technicolor is born
Technicolor's first commercially released film 'The Gulf Between'
Technicolor redesign camera and printing process for The Toll of the Sea
Technicolor makes the front page of the New York Times
Color is embraced on feature films 'Wings' and 'The Black Pirate'
The Jazz Singer, the first theatrical feature film to incorporate sound using the Vitaphone system
Technicolor worked on the first ever all-talking, all-2-color film 'On with the Show!'
Audiences found the combination of color, sound and music irresistible, and in 1929 Technicolor signed with Warner Bros for twenty all-color feature films
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
Disney's 1933 Technicolor success, Three Little Pigs is released
Natalie Kalmus was a trailblazing woman who headed the color consultancy department
During the 1935-1936 production season, Technicolor's volume of release print footage increases from 22 million to over 37 million feet of film
The first feature-length movie shot entirely in three-strip Technicolor, Becky Sharp
Shirley Temple presents Walt Disney with an honorary Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
3-strip Technicolor was a huge success and it ushered in a golden period for Technicolor
Snow White becomes highest-grossing animated film of all time during this era
The Adventures of Robin Hood was the first full-length feature film from Warner Bros. to use the three-strip Technicolor process
Gone with the Wind is the first all-color production to win the Academy Award for Best Picture
The Wizard of Oz triumphantly realized in Technicolor
Technicolor introduces new multi-layer single film process, Monopack
The early 1940s
Meet Me in St. Louis
Significant film achievements were seen during wartime
The decade's top ten highest grossing films boasted "Color by Technicolor"
A successful 50s for Technicolor with the increasing popularity of television
The Greatest Show on Earth￼
Jhansi Ki Rani is credited as 'Color by Technicolor'
The legendary 1954 White Christmas, filmed in Technicolor
Technicolor and the heyday of Hollywood Musicals
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￼
In Hollywood, director Alfred Hitchcock created his Technicolor masterpieces including North by Northwest and Vertigo
The 1960s saw the dramatic growth of television, leading to motion pictures being shown on screen at home
Shortly after his retirement, Dr. Kalmus became one of the few non-performers to be honored on the Hollywood Boulevard's 'Walk of Fame'
Babes in Toyland
The Disney adaptation was the second filmed version of this operetta and the first to hit theatres in Technicolor. It was Walt Disney’s first foray into live-action musicals, and he was looking to achieve the “yellow brick” gold standard set by the The Wizard of Oz in 1939.
Kollywood in Technicolor
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life with the Technicolor coloring process!
Francis Ford Coppola & Warren Beatty signify the future direction with the help of Technicolor
Dr. Kalmus and the longevity of Technicolor
Technicolor ceased dye-transfer printing in the 1970s and completed the transition to modern color film processing.
This is an Academy Award nominated musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. It starred Albert Finney in the title role, for which he won a Golden Globe award, and was photographed by acclaimed cinematographer Oswald Morris, BSC.
The 70s and Technicolor
The introduction of high-speed bulk release-printing first facilitated by Technicolor
Technicolor introduces the new silver-retention process on Warren Beatty’s 'Reds'
The last directors using Technicolor's dye-transfer
A clip of It’s a Wonderful Life appears in this film, but that’s where these two small-town holiday-themed stories’ similarities end. Technicolor worked on this Warner Bros. release just as the horror/comedy genre was taking off.
Picture Gallery - MPC Showreel
Monkey Business - MPC Showreel
Scrooged! A Technicolor lab production
The Mill opened in Soho as the world’s first fully digital VFX house for advertising
Edward Scissor Hands
Did you know that in this Technicolor sound service classic: The idea for the movie was inspired by a drawing Tim Burton had done when he was a teenager.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Nightmare Before Christmas￼
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced and conceived by Tim Burton with Prints by Technicolor.
The Mill stepped into feature films with Mill Film, founded by Robin Sheffield and Pat Joseph
The Mill builds all models for the first two films in the Harry Potter franchise
The Hollywood Technicolor lab reintroduced dye transfer
Mill Film completes work on Ridley Scott epic 'Gladiator'
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
A Christmas Classic - How The Grinch Stole Christmas is one of the many classics that with Technicolor sound services
Visual effects facility Mill Film (The Mill) pick up an Oscar at the 73rd Academy Awards for ‘Best Visual Effects’ for ‘Gladiator’
A leader in digital technologies, Thomson SA maintains its legacy of innovation by aquiring Technicolor
Technicolor creates stand-alone division devoted to digital intermediate production
MR. X (MPC) is founded and opens studio in Toronto
MPC Advertising (now The Mill) add VFX to Madonna’s music video ‘Die Another Day’
Eight Crazy Nights
A word from Martin Scorsese about Technicolor
The Mill expands locations with opening of Los Angeles office
A Technicolor Digital intermediate Christmas Classic!
The iconic Cadbury’s ‘Gorilla’ campaign featuring VFX from MPC Advertising (The Mill)
MPC carried out a significant number of shots for the project, with the main areas of work including; the creation of a computer-generated North Pole city, extending the Snow Globe environment and augmenting crowds of CG Elves staffing Santa’s toyshop and living in the North Pole.
Technicolor Games kickstarts work on FIFA with EA
Mikros Image wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival for Laurent Cantet’s film 'Entre les murs'
The Mill wins a yellow D&AD pencil for Coke ‘It’s Mine’
Mikros Image's Logorama wins Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
The Mill receives two BAFTAs for Visual Effects for work on the Return of Dr Who
Nickelodeon awards Technicolor’s Bangalore-based animation studio, Paprikaas, the Kung Fu Panda TV series
The Mill collaborates with Nike for their 2010 World Cup campaign
The Mill wins a Gold Ciclope Award for Guinness ‘Cloud’
VW 'Beetle' strikes Gold for The Mill at LIA
Technicolor provides services to support Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 record opening
The Mill wins Gold British Arrow for Range Rover 'Accelerator'
The Mill adds VFX to Channel 4's iconic ‘Meet The Superhumans’
MPC win BAFTA for Special Visual Effects on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
MPC win 3 major awards for Visual Effects on Life of Pi
MR. X (MPC) wins Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Visual Effects for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
The Mill wins a yellow D&AD Pencil for Peta ‘98% Human'
Mikros Animation’s first feature animation - Asterix - The Mansions of the Gods
MR. X (MPC) wins Canadian Screen Award for Best Visual Effects in a TV Program for Vikings
Technicolor celebrates 100 years of creative technology with a Hollywood star of recognition
The Little Prince marks Mikros Animation's first collaboration on an international project
MR. X (MPC) wins Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Visual Effects for Pompeii
SONIC BOOM™ launches: a co-production between SEGA of America, Inc. & Mikros Animation
The Mill wins a Gold Cannes Innovation Lion
Technicolor Games begins working with 2K
MPC win Academy Award, BAFTA and VES Awards for Best VFX for The Jungle Book
The first international feature for Mikros Animation - Release of Captain Underpants: The Epic Movie
The Shape of Water
First collaboration between Mikros Animation and Technicolor Animation Productions on an animation episodic project: Team DroniX
Captain Underpants: The Epic Movie is nominated at VES in the category “Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature”
MPC Advertising (The Mill) partner with adam&eveDDB on the Elton John starring John Lewis campaign 'The Boy & The Piano'
Technicolor Games partners with Santa Monica Studios
MR. X (MPC) wins Canadian Screen Award for Best Visual Effects in a TV Program for Vikings
Director Alfonso Cuarón recognizes Technicolor's work on Roma
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS becomes the most-watched kids series in Europe
MPC Advertising (The Mill) partner with Ridley Scott for Hennessy ‘Seven Worlds’ adventure
In Disney+’s holiday comedy “Noelle,” Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over for their father, this Christmas.
MPC wins BAFTA for best Special Visual Effects for 1917
MPC wins VES award for Best VFX for The Lion King
MPC Advertising (now The Mill) launches the award-winning Festive campaign for Burberry, which goes on to win 100+ awards
MR. X (MPC) wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Effects for Vikings
The Mill opens boutique studio in the heart of Berlin
Technicolor Creative Studios is ready to Go "Beyond Imagination"
Andrea Miloro named as President of Mikros Animation
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run nominated for the 2021 VES awards
Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion becomes the all-time best performer in France box office
MR. X (MPC) receives Academy Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects for Love and Monsters
MPC Advertising (now The Mill) awarded the first ever Gold Cannes Lion for Color Grade
Technicolor Games appoints new Global President, Jeaneane Falkler
Technicolor Games works on NBA 2K22, which becomes #1 downloaded title on Playstation in 2021
The Mill and MPC Advertising Unite Under The Mill Brand
VFX studios MPC Film and MPC Episodic integrate with MR. X under MPC brand
Technicolor Games solidifies footprint in the video games market with continued expansion
The Mill takes home two accolades at the VES Awards
Season 1 Of Gus, The Itsy Bitsy Knight, from Mikros Animation, is still conquering charts
MPC Wins ‘Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature’ VES Award for Finch
MPC wins Canadian Screen Award for Best Visual Effects in a TV Program for Vikings
MPC wins Genie Award for Best VFX in Around the World in 80 Days
We're opening a campus in Culver City, Los Angeles
Technicolor Creative Studios becomes an independent company