WWI in colour: Footage restored by director Peter Jackson

WWI in colour: Footage restored by director Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings director has digitally remastered archive black and white footage from the conflict to give it colour and sound.

Over four years the award victor edited hundreds of videos to produce the final piece, which masterfully melts black and white scenes into brightly coloured clips.

I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity once more - rather than be seen only as Charlie Chaplin-type figures in the vintage archive film'.

Director Peter Jackson attends the world premiere of "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years" in London, Britain September 15, 2016.

Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson has turned black and white film from the First World War into colour and brought soldiers' "faces to life" after raiding the archives at the Imperial War Museum.

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'It's not the story of the war.

"You didn't really notice them when they were all sped up and jerky, but suddenly they just come into a focus", he said. The stunning technological and historical achievement documents the lives of soldiers fighting in World War I brought to life using archival historical footage restored to near high-definition standards, complete with hand-colorized updates. As the beginning of the London Film Festival draws near, Kensington Palace has announced that the duke will attend one of the world premieres to support veterans and director extraordinaire Peter Jackson on October 16.

"They Shall Not Grow Old" will simultaneously air in cinemas across the United Kingdom in the coming weeks.

In the above first look, Jackson confirmed that though computer technology may have smoothed the transitions between the frames of the old film strips, none of the visual material presented was created by the production team.

They Shall Not Grow Old comes comes out in the United Kingdom on October 16 - the 100 year anniversary of WW1 ending - and was funded by the government, with Jackson directing the film for free.

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