See how Hollywood films use artistic looks to enhance their stories.
Color theory is a deep subject in it’s own right. In fact, color can become an integral part of your story. While this isn’t intended to be a deep dive into color theory, we want to give you a few examples of it’s use. Some of these examples were achieved through technical choices of film and lighting, while others were achieved through post production. Each example will give you an idea of how color can enhance your story. The movie traffic uses three different color palettes, achieved by various technical means to create starkly different feelings for different locations. The blue of the political scenes, the washed out orange of mexico, and the soft glow of personal scenes help create different moods and meaning to the story lines. The Matrix used green for the “computer created world” to accentuate the unnatural reality of it, and blue for the normal world. This made it easy for the audience to follow which world a scene was in, and added to the emotional impact of each. Saving private ryan used a bleach bypass look to mimic old film to great effect, and you can achieve this look via color correction. And of course, O brother where art thou used the sepia tone to help set the time and mood of the film. You can even push saturation, as they did to heighten the action scenes in Domino. Now, how much is too much is a matter of personal taste. The bottom line is, you should think of artistic color correction as one more tool in your belt to enhance your story.