Color Theory in Film — Color Psychology for Directors: Ep5


Would you be able to sleep
in a room painted bright red? Might be hard, right? “I’m on no sleep. No sleep!” You don`t know what
it’s like in their. Colors elicit emotions, and have a psychological
effect on people. So unless you’re shooting
in black and white, in which case definitely
review our video on tone. This is the video for you. Because today we’re
going to show you how colors theory in film can be
used to create mood. But you can go beyond placing a
blue tint over an entire sequence. You can determine specifically
what type of blue you want. There are three factors
in determining color. They are Hue… which is the color itself. Saturation: the
intensity of the color. And brightness: how light or dark the color is. With just Hue saturation and
brightness, HSB for short, you can create a complex color
scheme, rather simply. And go from being
just another director, to being a true visual artist. First up, Hue. Some movies choose
an affinity of Hue. Utilizing a monochromatic
color scheme. Those are just fancy ways of saying
that a movie is mostly one color. Or neighboring colors
on a color wheel, also known as analogous colors. “The Matrix” is a classic
example of a movie that mostly uses one color. That color – green. Why? The movie takes place
inside of a digital Matrix and we associate
green with code. Plus the green and the Matrix has
a certain sickly quality to it, reflecting the overall state
of affairs in that world. -Welcome to the
desert of the real. -Next up is the S in
HSB – saturation. This movie used a post-production
process called bleach bypass which has a deeply
desaturating affect. The color is drained
out of these images. It gives the world of the movie a
cold, rude, gritty sort of look. It also becomes reminiscent
of the faded photographs. The black-and-white newsreels
of the period itself. It takes us back in time. The final of the
three is brightness. Early in the series, we covered brightness in terms
of a film’s overall tone, but brightness can be used to
affect individual colors as well. Sometimes a movie elects to
use entirely bright colors. Particularly movies from
the Technicolor era. Back then, bright vivid colors were
reason to see the movies alone. On the other hand,
during darker scenes like this, you can almost forget that
this movie was shot in color. Now, let’s see what it’s like
when one movie does both. -When the destiny of a
great fortune is at stake, men’s greed spreads like a
poison in the bloodstream. It’s using all darker colors. Contrast that with this scene where all the colors are bright. In both instances, every element you see was
chosen for its darker color, or lighter color to create
a contrast within the film. -Wow. -So by utilizing Hue,
saturation and brightness, you can precisely
identify the right colors to create certain
feelings in your audience. Bright images often seem
lively and exciting. Darker images often
seem dramatic, and on it goes. But rules were
made to be broken. -I don’t make the rules. -Okay, I’ll make it as
easy for you as I can. -You get to decide
what the colors mean. It’s your movie. It’s your world. And so,
make it your color palette. How do you make a violent
red, the color of blood, feel like something else? In “Her”, Spike Jonze
uses red to connote love. He does it by associating the
color with the lead – Theodore. As he searches for love and ultimately
finds it in his…. operating system. -Hello. I’m here. -Oh. -Black is for bad guys,
like Darth Vader, right? Well, sure,
until it’s for Batman. -I’m Batman. -You get to make your own rules. Look at how Wes Anderson
uses saturated colors to make otherwise mundane scenes
about a family pop, almost like a comic book. While actual comic book films ground there high-concept plots in
gritty, realistic tones. With the wealth of options
post-production now provides, it’s easier than ever to
control the color palette. Of course color grading can be
an expensive, lengthy process, and it rarely can
make up for project that lacked a thoughtful color
design strategy in pre-production. Want to dive deeper? Check the link to grab our
free film color theory ebook for more examples
of color schemes. And see, how some of your favorite
films designed their color palettes to elicit powerful moods. See you in the next video. [Music]

100 thoughts on “Color Theory in Film — Color Psychology for Directors: Ep5

  1. Do y’all uses color calibrated monitors for editing content that you post on this channel?

  2. Can someone please tell me what's the background music on 3:43?? 😮 Thank you!

  3. i like specific colors used in movies to enhance their mood. but i kinda feel that they are overdoing it nowadays. i think, it is much better when it is subtle than bold. i am forced into a specific mood and only see that color. sometimes movies are too dark, too bright, too mono or uniform, that the trick kills it rather than enhances the movie.

  4. thanks for this info… this really helped my last shoot on my channel ,,,

  5. Can anyone tell me what the background music is when "her" starts playing!

  6. Nice primer video but one pedantic correction, "Saving Private Ryan" was shot with the ENR process, not bleach bypass.

  7. Excellent introductory video. I think this would be equally as useful for photographers as well. Im a photographer and always spend time colour grading images, on projects, and it does make a difference. I have a love for film, and I think that influences my work a lot, from composition, to colour palette, etc. Though my pet peeve atm, with film makers and photographers etc, is the over use of teal/orange (green/orange). There’s times it works and I’m quite fond of it, but not every image calls for it.

  8. Color Grading is the hardest part in Film making, I have learned so much stuff by making my own videos, But it still looks cheap no matter what because of the lack of color grading, with color grading alone everything can look from cheap to the most Pricey movie look.

  9. What a cool and incredible video do we have here! I always wondered which software they used for editing color on the shots, ´cause i see that the on PP or the AE don´t have the necessary tools

  10. Because you guys are providing every information out there for free on a platter, every idiot starts acting like they are movie experts. Ten years before when we were in college, only the most interested will know all these things because they willl invest their precious time and money in searching and buying books about all these. Now that every posuer idiot is acting like a film legend ! Fourteen years before, I used to talk about the frame composition and lighting ambience of Kuroswa's Yojimbo and Seven Samurai by obseving it myself by watching and rewatching the cds and dvds I had. Two years before when I was dragged into a conversation about Kurosawa, an idiot in my office who is the 'official video guy' there tells me 'oh big deal I saw it on Every Frame A Painting'. I hope YouTube goes off for atleast an year so that these freeloader posuers will keep their mouth shut for sometime.

  11. That is amazingly educational. Thanks to you, now I can understand more than simply the surface of a film. Thank you, StudioBinder.

  12. Thank you so much for making these. I've watched them & applied them all day! I started a project in Studio Binder as well. So exciting 🙂 Ha ha thanks so much!

  13. You taught me in 5 minutes what my professor couldn't in a 2 hour lecture. What exactly do we pay these people for again?

  14. Yes, you require 1m subs how people are missing your content 💓😡love you guys

  15. Why is CC expensive? Is it just expensive for Film or for Digital as well because I can't imagine CC being expensive considering programs like Premiere give you the chance to do the CC

  16. Very well done explaining precisely each use of this 3 fundamental things in filmmaking!

  17. im so glad you put twin peaks in at the end, its the reason i looked color theory up 🙂 glad im on the right track

  18. I don’t know why, but I decided to turn on my phone’s colour filters and watch this entire video in black and white. What is wrong with me?

  19. What was the first scene? That voice sounds very familiar and it's killing me!!!!

    Edit: after 5 minutes it came to me, it was jerry seinfeld from the bee movie. I can know rest in peace cuz it's 1am and I have to wake up at 6am😀

  20. Many thanks for all. I would like to find a video tutorial not only how to use a software such as DaVinci, but a more depth tutorial. Ex: an external scene, with brillant sun, all colors, the sky is blu, the trees are green, the flower are full of color, and I want to have a scene that expresses joy, happiness; than surely yellow tone, but I don't want a green sky. Do I have to manipulate each color?

  21. I love that somebody else recognises that The Neon Demon exists.

  22. So basically what you're saying is – IT'S COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE AND DOESN'T REALLY MATTER

  23. You actually sleep better in red light compared to any other color except black.

  24. I love this; wish I could find one appropriate for middle school kids!

  25. You made me understand all this in a single go . You are awesomely unbelievable , as how easily you taught about color of the film.

  26. i just want to say your videos are really helpful and easy to understand 🙂

  27. it's one of those vids about everything and nothing…. nobody design colours, artists feel it and make decisions, you can design a house or a website… you can't design the feeling or in other words talent 😉

  28. I used to be an artist, seeing many color theory videos, studying it. but i don't think none ever worked for me. that's why i gradually stopped drawing. i loved painting a picture inside someone's head, telling a story, but i got bored. so, i went on a movie binge. i fell in love with the nature, because you just don't paint with the colors (visually), there are many other aspects. camera movements, resolutions. more importantly, studying art made it easier for me to study film, and studying film made me a much better artist.

    something i'd like to add:
    you can also add much more contrast to the film. not just throughout the film. in one frame, you can clash colors to create an uneasy feel. color can be used to show attention to one thing, maybe someone's blue eyes' contrast to a desaturated work place. maybe he felt dull. he went on to a place full of bright colors, so he felt more comfortable.
    symbolizing colors- don't always stick to a dark green is money sort of thing. make your own symbols. maybe blue is usually good, red is bad, but what if you make the main protagonist mostly red? he's not bad, he may be bold, viewed as bad so he may be used to it. maybe the antagonist wears blue, creating chaos though he is passive.

    anyways, i loved the video, the visual editing, and the fact i felt i got something out of it. thank you.

  29. The crew at CW need to take notes, their super hero series are overly saturated and almost unrealistic when combined with the happy go lucky folks in the cast

  30. I always wonder why resourceful channels like these dont have millions of subscribers. This one is a crazy world we live in.

  31. thanks a lot for the video. Despite I like it much, I disagree a little. Red is not for blood or love, is for passion or intense feelings in both cases (wich is linked to the vibration of the color). Batman is not 100%, is a dark (almost anti) heroe, an so on. The meaning of the colors is not purely cultural, but has deeper conections for all human beings 🙂

  32. Vey confsig fr peple. Brgtness shuoud not be conflatd with th wrd "vivid".

  33. You're a great help to people who don't have money to go to film school. Thanks is not enough.

  34. What an absolutely fantastic video, useful in every way. Thank you very much, guys!

  35. Can anyone please tell me the song used at 2:55 until the end of the video? Thanks!

  36. add the titles of the movies in the clips, I want to watch them but I don't know any of the names

  37. i just found this video and i want to say that the editing is awesome and the amount of information you guys gave us is amazing

  38. I'm having trouble believing they did the fuzzy boxes on the 4:3 sequences instead of just black pillar boxing. So annoying and distracting!

  39. 00:11 can anyone tell me what that movie is? I've seen that clip so many times before in videos like this

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