What Year Was Color Film Invented?


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The first color cinematography film, Kinemacolor, was commercialized in 1909, using a simplified additive color system. This system was based on Edward Raymond Turner's additive color system patented in 1899. In 1928, Kodak introduced Kodacolor motion picture film, which reproduced color by using red, green and blue filters.

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Early systems used black-and-white film to capture and project two or more images through different color filters. Later, the color film was standardized into two distinct processes: Eastman Color Negative 2 chemistry and Eastman Color Positive 2 chemistry. Current color films use three layers of unique color-sensitive photographic emulsion coated on a single strip of film.

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