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'It suddenly feels very, very close:' colourized archival film shines new light on Vimy Ridge soldiers

'It suddenly feels very, very close:' colourized archival film shines new light on Vimy Ridge soldiers
From CBC - November 11, 2017

A National Film Boardproject is shining new light on the everyday lives of Canadian soldiers during the First World War by incorporating freshly colourizedarchival footage filmed ahead of the Battle of VimyRidge.

Return to Vimy, the NFBshort created in partnership with the VimyFoundation, weaves together newly colourized footage with original animated sequences to tell the fictional story of a young Canadian woman who visits the VimyMemorial to pay tribute to her great-grandfather, who was lost in battle.

The nine-minute short marks the first time the Canadian agency has colourized its archival material for a film.

"I was immediately drawn to the project," director Denis McCreadytold CBC News.

Seeing the black-and-white footagetransformed into colour "completely changed my perception of what was going on in the scene," said McCready, who was approached to create the film as he was completing another NFB work about Canada's military history.

Not only did the colourization process bring to life details he had not noticed earlier, it also made the 100-year-oldfootage feel more resonant, McCready said.

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