Beyond Monochrome:
Restoration of Coloured and Colour Films

We have organised an intensive Summer School on technical issues about historic colour techniques and today methods to reproduce them. It will take place from 8 to 12 August 2005. It will be hosted by our company Ltd in Ecublens (near Lausanne, Switzerland) and the course will be held mainly on our premises.

The aim of the Summer School is to provide an intensive one-week training course for film restorers from all over the world who have some experience. Instruction will be provided by various specialists in a pleasant learning environment. The Summer School will supplement professional instruction with social events and local sight-seeing excursions. We have worked out a detailed course programme, including lectures, training sessions, demonstrations and course-related visits. A full programme summary will be sent to all applicants upon acceptance into the Summer School.

There are 12 student positions available. The fee for the one-week course is CHF 2 100 and covers accommodation (six nights from 7 to 13 August 2005), course-related visits, most meals and all training. Travel costs from and to Switzerland are not covered. Closing date for receipt of applications is 1 April 2005.

You are invited to submit an on-line application on behalf of yourself or members of your staff. If there are more applicants than places available, then a selection will be made; if there are fewer applicants than places available, then we will seek qualified participants from a wider field.

Draft Programme

Monday 8
  • Refresher: Principles of Film Restoration
  • Film Technology Workshop
  • Historic Projection Issues
  • Opening Night Reception
Tuesday 9
  • Films Coloured by Tinting and Toning
  • The «Desmetcolor Method»
  • Printing, Grading and Contrast Control Workshop
  • Visit of a Laboratory
Wednesday 10
  • Digitalisation Workshop
  • A Comprehensive Approach: Photochemical and Digital
  • Hand Coloured and Stencil Coloured Films
  • And What About Lenticular? Dufaycolor?
  • Restoration Screening Night
Thursday 11
  • Sensitometry and Quality Control Workshop
  • Available Types of Film Stock: Today and in the Future
  • Visit of an Archive
Friday 12
  • Faded Dyes Workshop
  • Digitally Generated Colour Separation Masters
  • Open Forum
  • Boat Trip on the Lake of Geneva and Closing Night Reception