Watch: movie directors using color to mess with your mind


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I think the autumnal colors are more representative of “Memory” or “Nostalgia” than “Youth” ~ the examples drawn from “The Royal Tenenbaums” are all flashbacks of childhood.


Interesting that so many of the examples contradicted whatever mood the captions presented us with. The explosion on the blue planet right after PEACE, for example, or Mark Watney on Mars after WARMTH (as the great sage Elton John reminds us, Mars is “cold as Hell”). Not to mention that some of those colours are more heavily coded than others. While pale pink is supposed to be a feminine colour today, there was a time when pink was a manly, passionate colour, and blue was the essence of femininity.

Moreover, it should not have escaped the headline writer’s notice that a film-maker’s job is messing with our minds. They use more than colour palettes to do it: music, light and shade, photographic composition, even people pretending to be who they are not, expressing emotions they are feeling only shadows of, if at all — all to make the audience feel that they are part of the story on the screen.



Agreed. It’s a component of the composition, but this “super cut” does little to no justice to the directors and cinematographers involved by trying to make such a simplistic statement about color.


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