American Cinematographer Amateur Movie Makers Contest, 1936 - Color Photography
"L. Clyde Anderson was given an award for Color photography, for 'October By-Ways.' We want to congratulate Mr. Anderson for his selection of colors. It is one of the very first amateur pictures we have seen where color was really properly balanced. There were no harsh notes to distract, but he chose scenes where the ensemble blended and where there was a fine eye-resting blance of color and also color composition. It was obvious that Anderson used haze filters on his outside scenes as the sky does not have that postcard-blue effect, but has been reduced to almost a gray haze which helps the fall colors in the trees and does not take the eye away from the main points of interest." American Cinematographer, Jan. 1937, 37.
Accompanying musical compositions chosen for a public screening of the film are listed in "Musical Mood and Tempo for the 1936 Prize-Winners" (American Cinematographer, Feb. 1937, 74-75, 78).
From The Salt Lake Tribune, Jan. 17, 1937, 6:
A colored motion picture film of autumn in the Utah mountains won an international contest Saturday for L. Clyde Anderson, 326 East South Temple street. The competition, sponsored by the American Society of Cinematographers drew nearly 8000 entries. The first prize gold medal has been Mr. Anderson's goal since four years ago, when he gave up oil painting of mountain scenes for 'painting with a lens. The 55 pictures which compose 'October Byways' were taken last autumn in the Alpine region northeast of Provo, when the coloring was at its height. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson tramped many miles over the trails in that region, seeking artistic groupings for the film. The lens artist credits Utah scenery with the success of the film. 'The more of the rest of the world I see, the more intensely I am impressed with the beauty of this state," he says. He tramped up and down the coast in pursuit of his hobby. Color in motion pictures, Mr. Anderson said, is now highly practical for amateur photographers. The results are superior to those achieved in commercial motion pictures, he added, because the original film is shown on the screen instead of a reprint film. Mr. Anderson looks forward to the perfection for amateurs of a method of making color prints. The improvements and simplifications in process which have put color motion pictures within easy range of the amateur have come within the last year, Mr. Anderson said, and steady development in the field can be expected.
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