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How did Hollywood movies conquer audiences with color? (Part 1) 6 minutes to read


A scene from the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

There are several different ways to achieve a color-matched film. Commonly available color palettes are: monochrome, complementary, analog and triangular.

A film with a balanced color scheme is there, one finds color harmony on the color wheel. Take a look at the color palettes of some of the featured movies below and learn about how people play with them:

1. Monochrome color scheme

A monochromatic palette is formed when using a single color, and expands tints (tints), shades and tones. Tint is obtained when we mix Hue with white, and Shade is when Hue is mixed with black.

As you can see in the example below the word The Grand Budapest Hotel by director Wes Anderson, the filmmaker team optimized a monochrome color palette, ranging from pale pink to leaning purple. The effect of this is that the portion of the image shows tones that match the film’s story, while still creating a subtle contrast.

An example uses a clear monochrome color scheme The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

One of the best action movies of all time, The Matrix It is also a good example for using monochrome palettes. In nearly every segment, the filmmakers consistently use the green palette. The tints of these colors blend into each frame, effectively creating a feeling of unreal, fiction and bondage.

An example uses a clear monochrome color scheme The Matrix (1999)

The monochromatic palette is preferred with colors like red, crimson, and pink. Because, they often bring a feeling of subtle harmony with the feeling of softness, tranquility and tenderness. Using a monochrome color scheme doesn’t require that your movie be identical in every scene. It gives you a tool to create contrast in each scene.

2. Complementary color scheme

Complementary palettes are formed when two colors opposite each other on the color wheel are used at the same time. The purpose of this is to create a visual impression on the audience. For example, the use of red and green in complementary palettes of Amélie making the movie scene more impressive.

An example uses the complementary color palette in Amélie (2001)

Additionally, in dramatic and dramatic situations, a complementary color palette (using warm colors with cold on the color wheel) is also used to increase visual and emotional efficiency. As can be seen, orange and blue are complementary color choices often seen in blockbuster movies.

The opposing colors are well-suited to the internal and external conflicts of the characters. No matter what colors are chosen, as long as hot and cold colors go together, they create a contrast that contributes to the tension and drama of the movie.

3. Similar color palette

Analogous palette is set of a group lying side by side on a color wheel. They are commonly found in nature and therefore easily create a feeling of harmony that is pleasing to the eye.

An example of an analogue palette is the use of red and purple, or yellow with lemon yellow. When colors no longer exhibit the same contrast as complementary colors, they tend to create harmony and consistency. In general, for the similar color palette, one color will be chosen as the main color, the second color to complement, and the third color (usually with black, white or gray) for emphasis.

Similar color palette of Children of Men It seems well suited to the dangerous state of the world when no baby is ever born. By focusing on a similar color palette (thereby eliminating the remaining colors), brutal reality is further shown through a palette that is also chilly and feels equally dangerous.

An example uses an analogue color palette in Children of Men (2006)

Also, for one of the best crime-themed movies of all time, TrafficColor palettes are used flexibly for a variety of purposes – creating parallel stories and trying to connect them. Different stories have their own color palettes. Most importantly, these similar colors work together to form a complementary palette of strong contrasts. It is not difficult to understand when this is considered the best film of the director Steven Soderbergh. This use has been noticed by the crew right from the moodboard and storyboard drawing, thus creating a perfect example of the art of using color in movies.

An example uses an analogue color palette in Traffic (2000)

4. Triangular palette

An example uses an internal triangle color palette Superman (1978)

A triangle palette is formed when the three colors selected on the color wheel are the three vertices of the equilateral triangle. The selected color will be the main color, along with the other two colors used for contrast purposes. The triangular palette is less commonly used than the rest because it can be too dazzling, somewhat animated, especially when the tints are all pushed up (as is often seen). in superhero movies).

Synthesized and edited: Gau Truc.
Reference sources: Studiobinder, Wiki, Canva.

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