GOTTA LOVE PHOTOSHOP
With the film being 48% video and 52% archive photographs, you can imagine the need for photo restoration in Adobe Photoshop.
I have a strong opinion about photo restoration. Most historical documentaries show the photo untouched. This causes you to look at rips and tears in the photo, as well as blemishes, creases and real damage. Plus, the viewer is forced to look at the age of the photo and its color - or lack thereof. All of this stops a viewer from ever becoming fully immersed in the story.
But if the photos not only get a full restoration but an artistic rendering to exactly match the art direction of the cinematographer, then they become a true visual reinforcement of the story. So in this film, I colorized every black/white photo to match the color palette of the scene it was in. Essentially, I re-lit the photo as if it was in the same room as the cinematographer and the action in the lens.
Born just after the American Civil War, Elbert Hubbard grew to be one of the most successful businessmen of his time. A champion of the Arts & Crafts Movement, he became a rebel through his writings and publications.