Chapter 25

Colorizution and Artists' Rights: Whose Work Is It?


In the mid-l980s, technology brought a marvelous capacity to moviemaking. With the ability to convert film stock to digital format, changes to content could be made that appear seamless to the naked eye. Filmmaking techniques pioneered in Who Shot Roger Rabbit? were made dramatic in Rising Sun, Oscar-winning in Forrest Gump, prehistoric in Jurassic Park, and totally animated in Toy Story. Placed in the hands of directorial masters, the technology can revolutionize programs shown on television and in movie theaters.

“They're My Movies, and I'll Do Anything I Want to Them!”

But the precursor—or, in the view of many legendary directors, the curse—of the technology is its ability to ...

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