November 23, 2015 at 1:33AM

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Visual Analysis

Have you ever wondered or noticed why certain films look a certain way tonally? It is not just a simple matter of color grading an image in post-production. A director works closely with a director of photography, production designer and costume designers to create a color palette that fits the story of the film.
What and what does this process include?

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The feature film "Amélie" (2001) is probably one of the best examples where color is extensively used to set the mood at different points of the film.

Images from "Amélie" (2001)
https://goo.gl/edRH62

Another film where color sets the mood is "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)

Images from "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
https://goo.gl/fbvbUz

November 23, 2015 at 10:28AM, Edited November 23, 10:33AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Hero (2002) is another color-driven narrative (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero_(2002_film)). It is my all-time favorite martial-arts movie and one of my favorite movies of any genre.

November 23, 2015 at 1:05PM

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Yes, color is a big part of "Hero" (2002)

Images from "Hero" (2002)
https://goo.gl/OSef7g

Guy McLoughlin

November 23, 2015 at 1:17PM

Some cool links for feature film color palettes...

12 Colour Palettes Taken From Visually Stunning Films
http://goo.gl/PM7y0d

Movies in Color : Abduzeedo.com
http://abduzeedo.com/movies-color

MoviesInColor.com
http://moviesincolor.com/

November 23, 2015 at 1:23PM, Edited November 23, 1:26PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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thanks so much got great insights.

Temitope

November 24, 2015 at 11:13AM, Edited November 24, 11:13AM

Also in "Her," DP Hoyte Van Hoytema and Director Spike Jonze made an effort to remove one of the primary colors in the production design of the video. I think it was blue. They said it was all to make the film feel more cohesive visually.

November 30, 2015 at 2:27PM

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Keane
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