Film School: Colour in Film

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A collection of video essays exploring ways colour is used in visual storytelling.

The Cinema Cartography looks at the use of colour across the work of different filmmakers:

wolfcrow asks, “Why are Films Shot in Two Colors?”:

StudioBinder expands on the colour swatches approach to studying cinematic images:

In Depth Cine outlines the elements in a film’s colour palette (production design & costume, lighting, and grade), and how cinematographers can use colour either for specific moods, or more intuitively:

Filmmakers & Colour

Cinematographer Lawrence Sher (JokerThe Hangover, Garden State) offers a dynamic explainer on Colour in Film, which is somehow both a masterclass and an intro for beginners:

Archer Green examines director Damien Chazelle‘s use of colour in La La Land (2016) – with a brief look at the history of colour in film along the way:

Lancelloti examines the use of colour to characterise worlds, individuals, and story beats in Dune: Part Two (2024):

Fandor looks at the use of various colour palettes across the work of a single director, Sofia Coppola:

Jorge Luengo Ruiz‘s supercut showcases one colour throughout the body of work of a single director, Pédro Almodóvar:

StudioBinder‘s stunning, comprehensive examination of Stanely Kubrick‘s use of colour is part of their series on mise en scene:

Further Viewing

Inspiration can be found in the replies to this tweet from TIFF:

New to colour? Here’s an intro to colour theory:

Follow Color Palette Cinema on Instagram for daily inspiration – and check out our hand-picked highlights over here:

And then apply your discoveries to your own work – Learn Exposure & Colour from Your Faves in your editing software of choice:

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