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bob at bluescreen.com wrote: Re: Pleasantville that
they  (The Production company) couldn't find a sufficient amount
of B&W stock that exposed reliably and consistently to make it work.

 Actually B & W Stock could not possibly work.  They had to use color stock.
The  film elements were scanned as full color scans and then all color was
removed and only the portion of the picture that they wanted to be in color
was  allowed to have the color added back in.  The original color from the
original  photography.  An example would be the single rose or just the
person's face.  In this way the color in the face  or the rose became the
coloring matte element.  Doing this with just B & W original elements would
have been like coloring the black and white films that Color Systems Technology
did some years ago.  And we all know how much we liked this.  The system that
they used resulted in no color smear, etc.  The results were great.  IMHO the
final color print quality was identical to a traditional film finish with no
electronic intermediate.  This does not mean that a dual projector test of two
prints (one electronic and one chemical) would have been identical.  But this
was not the point.   The electronic intermediate for effects purposes was the
only practical method that this film could be accomplished.  Comments from
Richard Cassel or Dave MacAdam  at Cinesite  who were directly involved in the
scanning  would be instructive at this point.

Regards, Bill

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