Colourised I Feel Fine
Several music videos (promotional films in yesteryear’s language) were made by The Beatles in Twickenham studios on November 23, 1965. Some old, some new, the songs in question were “We Can Work It Out”, “Day Tripper”, “Help!”, “Ticket To Ride” and “I Feel Fine”. Tony Bramwell was producing, and he had hired a camera team from Intertel Video, filming in black and white.
The videos were included in the “1+” CD+DVD release five years ago, in their original black and white state. Come 2020 and colourising has been the big craze, because of a new, automatic technique based on machine learning. Since it became available, hobbyists have been treating black and white photos and films of the Beatles with the new technique. I don’t think our example has been done this way, since the automatic colourising process is based on simply guessing which colours clothes and other surroundings should be. This version of “I Feel Fine” has the same colours as available original colour photos snapped during the filming.
A word from the video creators: “This is a video of The Beatles miming at Twickenham studios for one of the Intertel promo videos filmed in 1965. This video took a lot of work to create and I hope that one day Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr see it. Special thanks to our friends and families who helped do the research on what color Ringo’s bike is”.
Colorist: Leanne Nguyen
Masking & Rotoscoping: Alex Cisija
Prop Research: Leonardo Cisija
The first time colourising a Beatles video was done professionally, was when the producers of “The Beatles Anthology” decided – without telling Paul, George or Ringo about it – to colourise the “All You Need Is Love” segment from “Our World”, a program which had always been in black and white. Working from the many colour photographs taken during that day in 1967, they were able to recreate the colours quite accurately. They did one thing to reveal that it had been colourised, though: the Abbey Road studio chairs which were all red, were all coloured blue. Upon showing the finished version to George Harrison, they asked him if he noticed anything different about it. He didn’t. In his mind, this had always been in colour. Also, if you have seen the corresponding Rutles segment of “Love Life” from 1977, that was in colour. Only a part of the colourised “All You Need Is Love” clip was used in the Anthology series, but the whole song was later made available to TV companies and finally released for the fans in 2015 on the “1” CD+DVD release.
Colourisation has come a long way since then, and we predict that you will start to see many more colourised photos and videos/films in the time to come.