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TODD-AO BY TODD-AO
The Todd-AO Process
By The Todd-AO Corporation
The ultimate result of intensive research by a team of research and engineering scientists headed by Dr. Brian O'Brian: "a process of motion picture photography and projection that establishes the illusion of participation in the action" (From Theatre Catalog 1955-56)

WHAT IS TODD-AO?
What is Todd-AO?
The Todd-AO Corporation press release 1B
"TODD-AO 70mm film, plus the TODD-AO special camera, plus the TODD-AO newly developed 6 channel high fidelity magnetic sound, plus the TODD-AO "all purpose" 70mm projector and the great arched TODD-AO screen equal the most revolutionary of all screen inventions, with clarity of perspective, detail and color reproduction never before achieved.

As a result, with TODD-AO, audience participation now has its fullest and truest expression. Todd-AO is the dream of Michael Todd, plus the technical skills of the American Optical Company whose research staff headed by Dr. Brian O'Brien, jointly succeeded in developing "a motion picture system that would photograph action in a very wide angle....with one camera....on one strip of film....to be projected from a single projector....on a very wide screen....with a quality so perfect that the audience would be part of the action, not just passive spectators."

"....with Todd-AO (70mm), audience participation now has its fullest and truest expression".

Dr. Brian O'Brien 1953

TODD-AO CINEMA & PROJECTION

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DISTORTION CORRECTING PRINTING PROCESS

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TODD-AO PDF LIBRARY
Preparation of Release Prints
Additional Printing Ideas
"Oklahoma!" Cue Sheet
"Oklahoma!" Printing Operation

American Optical Printing Lab
Behaviour of the SSC printer
CC Type Printer
Geometry of first steps
Definition of keystone formular
Case for x1,7 magnification
Calculations
Rectification Printing

Todd-AO Patent Application
Todd-AO Installation Procedure
Todd-AO Installation Procedure projection layout
Todd-AO Installation Procedure Pre-installation requirement

WALTER SIEGMUND'S BARN FINDING
24_fps_Projection
Projection aperatures
MGM-65 (Panavision)
Cinemiracle
Todd-AO Patent Application

American Optial 1953
American Optial 1954
 
 
TODD-AO OPENED IN A COUNTRY NEAR YOU
13.10.1955 USA. The Rivoli Theatre, New York
25.04.1956 Canada. Tivoli, Toronto
28.12.1956 Japan. Shinjuko Koma Stadium, Tokyo 
14.02.1957 Italy. Adriano, Rome
14.03.1957 Germany. Savoy, Hamburg
21.04.1958 UK. Dominion, London
01.05.1958 Belgium. 1958 EXPO, Bruxelles
22.09.1958 Scotland. Gaumont, Glasgow 
24.10.1958 Denmark. 3 Falke Bio, Copenhagen
25.10.1958 Switzerland. Apollo Cinerama, Zürich
12.12.1958 New Zealand. Plaza, Auckland
17.12.1958 France. Ermitage, Paris
19.12.1958 Holland. Asta Cinema, The Hague
26.12.1958 Australia. Mayfair, Sydney
26.12.1958 Ireland. Adelphi, Dublin
07.04.1959 Sweden. Ritz, Stockholm
23.09.1959 Spain. Cine Paz, Madrid
20.12.1960 Austria. Gartenbau Kino, Vienna

And here (Can you find the dates?):
Argentina. Luxor, Buenos Aires
Malta. Plaza, Sliema
Jamaica. Regal, Kingston
Norway. Colosseum, Oslo
Portugal. Monumental, Lisbon
Russia. Forum, Moscow
Philipines. Rizal/Galaxy, Manila
Venezuela. Cine Olimpo, Caracas
Belgium. Quellin, Antwerp

TODD-AO IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
Počátky Todd-AO
By Thomas Hauerslev
Co si máme představit pod pojmem systém Todd-AO? Todd-AO je sedmdesátimilimetrový film s obrovským rozlišením a ostrostí, který se promítá na obří plátno rychlostí posuvu 30 políček za vteřinu. Svou nedostižnou kvalitou obrazu je sedmdesátimilimetrový film nesmírně působivý právě díky velikosti obrazového pole a vysoké snímkové frekvenci. Negativ je 4 x větší než klasický 35mm širokoúhlý film. Systém Todd-AO se stal vzorem pro 65mm a 70mm film a inspiroval filmový průmysl po celých šedesát let od svého vzniku. Sedmdesátimilimetrový filmový formát si dnes často spojujeme zejména s historickými velkofilmy a muzikály 60. let.
Todd-AO - Wie alles begann
Von Brian O'Brien, Jr.
Eines Abends sagte er schließlich: „In Ordnung, Doktor, ich gebe auf. Ich habe mir die Firmen angeschaut, die Sie genannt haben, und American Optical scheint die beste Lösung zu sein. Was soll ich jetzt tun?“ „Gut“, sagte mein Vater, „ich treffe mich nächsten Dienstag mit Walter Stewart, dem Präsidenten von AO zum Mittagessen. Kommen Sie doch einfach nach Southbridge und essen Sie mit uns!“



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Online: 02-06-1999. Updated: 26-03-2020