The Director's new documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” brings life to World War I like never before. Oscar winning Peter Jackson is and forever will be associated with the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. His latest project uses modern production techniques to colourise almost 100 hours of original WWI footage from Britain’s Imperial War Museum.
Not only has the footage been colourised but it has even been converted for 3D! The movie premieres October 16th at the BFI London Film Festival. To aide the process Jackson studied pictures of crowds from around the internet and referenced WWI uniforms. The film is even narrated by real veterans by using recordings from 1964 of 120 men who fought during the great war.
“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,” Jackson told the BFI about the documentary. “By using our computing power to erase the technical limitations of 100 year cinema, we can see and hear the Great War as they experienced it.”
Check out the colourised footage of “They Shall Not Grow Old” below: