How often do you just stop in the middle of a film and think, wow, this color is great and fits everything so good? Probably not that often, right. Me neither. But color really is a powerful tool to bring a movie to life; some characters have their own color, or some mood can’t go without of a splash of a specific hue we all connect with them. So if you love movies (and really, who doesn’t?), it’s a good idea to try and appreciate it at least after watching a movie.
What got me thinking about it all was this beautiful video about how color expresses emotion in movies. It’s like a visual therapy in which colors slowly fades in and out of one another and they really make you think about their meaning in the scenes. Check it out here.
It’s made by Lily Mtz-Seara – she studied the psychology of colors in movies and after that produced this great short film, a super-cut of the super-powerful color moments in cinema.
Of course, I had to make my own little research after that and so I will leave you with a couple of awesome links to check out after the short movie and fill your soul with appreciation over directors’ and cinematographers’ genius points of view on the world we live in.
http://moviesincolor.com/ - This website breaks down movie stills to color palettes; it’s mesmerizing to watch still after still and then just to look at the colors and be amazed at how perfect they fit the frame, narrative, and subject of the movie.
http://moviebarcode.tumblr.com/ - In this one, whole movies has been merged together in a single image, which makes it possible for us to experience the mood of the film and to revisit our old favorites in a completely new way.