Kinemacolor 35mm cine-camera

Contributed by Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Kinemacolor 35mm cine-camera made by Moy and Bastie in 1910. The Barnes Collection. © Royal Pavilion & Museums

Kinemacolor was the first commercially successful colour film process in the world.This cine-camera films in colour using the Kinemacolor process. Kinemacolor was developed by George Albert Smith and launched in 1908. The first colour feature film was made using it in 1910. It was the first commercially successful colour film process in the world and was used by the film industry for five years until 1915. Sixty or so films were made in the UK, USA and Japan using Kinemacolour. George Albert Smith, venerated as the 'Father of the British Film Industry' was a film-maker who developed many techniques still used in cinema today. He created some of the first edited films, pioneered superimposition and trick imagery, conceived the close-up shot and opened one of the first film studios in the country. The film-making techniques he developed are still used in the cinematic language of today. George Albert Smith lived and worked in Hove throughout his life and career.

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