Week 6- Colours in Filmmaking


The colour pallet used in films communicates a number of important details such as the style, tone, time period and mood. This week, Hurlbut explores the meanings and motives behind colour choices and the effect they have on audiences. This is particularly of interest to me as we have recently been discussing colour correction in our post classes and is something that relates to the direction I wish to take my future career.

Hurlbut has incorporated a lot of visual elements in this post, which is fitting and surprisingly helpful as he provides visual references and examples of effective and ineffective film colour palettes. Drawing attention to Cinefix’ “10 Best Uses of Color of All Time”, the best use of colour has come in the form of Anna Karina (2014), Fanny and Alexander (1982), Lola Montes (1955) and In The Mood for Love (2000).  These films make exceptional use of the “dual toned look” which is a deeper, richer take on the pastel palette and ‘blends in naturalistically.’


It is important to get your colour palette correct throughout your films as they not only visually stimulate audiences, colours can communicate subtextual meanings on a subconscious level. Understanding colour archetypes makes for a more cohesive film and meaningful story. Hurlbut uses the example of Need For Speed (2014) to demonstrate not only how precise colouring can better a film, but how imperative planning is for such elements- specifically with production design and lighting.





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