Cast member of The Nervous Wreck applying make-up during filming

Early film was orthochromatic, or blue-sensitive. Reds appeared black, light blue appeared white, and so on. Actors’ skin would appear dark gray or dirty, and facial features were less distinct. Flaws were magnified tenfold. Special makeup was needed to “normalize” appearances on screen. (Most actors were expected to apply it themselves.)

Resource Identifier
Al Christie papers, Collection No. 5334, Box 10, Folder 7, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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