July 31, 2013 AT 7:14 am

Manipulate emotions with color temperature

How Movie Directors Manipulate Your Emotions With Color Temperature

The video from FilmmakerIQ is actually an in-depth tutorial on the science of color temperature and how today’s conventions for white balance came to be. But its analysis of the Cohen brothers’ Fargo and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing is accessible enough for any layperson. The former uses blue, “cool” color temperature to evoke the cold North Dakota winter, and the film’s icy personalities. The latter uses red, “warm” color temperature to evoke the boiling summer heat in Brooklyn, and the brewing racial tensions in the film. It’ll make you look at all movies differently forever.

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  1. And then somebody tells you about “orange and teal”, and your enjoyment of movies is destroyed forever.

    http://theabyssgazes.blogspot.com.au/2010/03/teal-and-orange-hollywood-please-stop.html

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