Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Value example 1: Band of Brothers

(Pictured Right)  The series "Band of Brothers" de-saturated a lot of the colour because most of what we see from the 1940's is black and white. They wanted to achieve the feel of what we are used to seeing from that time period, but still make it colour. So lowering the saturation made sense.

In a situation where the platoon are out of danger whether this be when they are placed on leave or if they are out of a combat situation then the scenes are filled with a lot more saturation.

If a flashback is occurring then the scene immediately turns on the verge of black and white. 

 Value example 2: The Machinist

The machinist is a film about an industrial worker who is fighting an internal battle with himself to remain sane. The film has a large use of value use. 

It is a film that has predominantly Sepia, desaturated and black and white shots to express the emotion of the scene.

These colours also work well to convey the industrialist environment that the main character is found in for much of the movie.
The desaturated tones also work to reflect the instability the character finds himself in.

Value Example 3

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Hue example 1: Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs (Sony Pictures Animation, 2009)

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs is an excellent example of colour grading. The start of the film begins with a very bleak, grey and de-saturated look to represent the financial troubles and lifelessness in the town that the main character lives in.  

As the film progresses, the town begins to transform because of the recent prosperity and enjoyment that a food machine in the sky has produced. You begin to get very saturated colours with quite a few complementary colours coming in to play together. In the example image (top right) there is a heavily emphasised use of blue and orange a.k.a. “blorange” to personify the happy emotions of the scene.
The second photo on the right displays an example of harmonious colours. These are colours that neighbour each other on the colour spectrum and generally create little contrast but a lot of emotion when used correctly.

Hue example 2: UP (Disney Pixar, 2009)

As displayed in the photo’s there was a strong contrast between a happy scene and a dangerous or depressed scene.

The positive scenes would emote goodwill from the bright saturated colours, seen on the bird and on the house. On the other hand danger or negativity was evident in scenes with the de-saturated and cooler colours often featuring blacks, greys, browns and dark reds.

This colour grading works in the same principle on the characters in the film. The image 3rd down on the right shows dogs that have evil intentions so thay have been given black fur, a black domain and red eyes.

  Hue example 3: Shrek 2 (DreamWorks Animation, 2004)

Shrek 2’s use of Hue was quite varied because of the large number of locations that the characters visit throughout the film.

 The beginning location ranged from the castle in far far away e.g. the warm colours of white washed walls, red velvet, bright brown of oak to create a sense of wealth and warmth.

In contrast the forest where shrek is ambushed e.g. cooler colours of blue, green and brown to the fairy godmothers factory of predominantly different shades of grey and dark brown.