Movies in Colour by Roxy Radulescu

Movies in Colour - Ghostbusters

TV Shows and Movies in Colour Palette Form!

What can you tell by looking at one still from a movie or TV show? A lot, it turns out. Roxy Radulescu has been creating these stunning images for a while now on her blog, Movies in Colour. Although they are only a still image taken from the TV show or Film, they give us an insight into the inner workings of colour used throughout the motion picture in question. Graphic designer Roxy found herself watching Skyfall and being more interested in the cinematography and colour than the film itself. That was when this brilliant idea came to be. Since it’s inception, Roxy has produced a huge catalogue of stills with their respective colour palettes on her blog. We started out to showcase 10 of the best stills but we found it too hard to whittle them down. So, we’ve featured 16 of them below and that still leaves out a lot of awesome stills.

Colour theory in film is a big subject to cover and it’s probably not something that can be done justice in a post such as this. However, our colour grading and correction tutor Rob Bessette goes into great detail of colour theory in his course. The below images highlight the simple point that the look and feel of a film can be dramatically changed through the use of colour. Of course, there are a lot of other factors that go into the mood of a film too! We urge you to go and check out some of the work of the cinematographers featured below. Take a look at how they use colour and think how you could replicate that.

The Walking Dead

S1: Ep. 2 – Guts
Cinematography: David Boyd

Movies in Colour - The Walking Dead

Elf

2003
Cinematography: Greg Gardiner

Movies in Colour - Elf

 

Jaws

1975
Cinematography: Bill Butler

Movies in Colour - Jaws

American Hustle

2013
Cinematography: Linus Sandgren

Movies in Colour - American Hustle

 

Alien

1979
Cinematography: Derek Vanlint

Movies in Colour - Alien

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

1998
Cinematography: Tim Maurice-Jones

Movies in Colour - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

The Wolf of Wall Street

2013
Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto

Movies in Colour - The Wolf of Wall Street

Jurassic Park

1993
Cinematography: Dean Cundey

Movies in Colour - Jurassic Park

Home Alone

1990
Cinematography: Julio Macat

Movies in Colour - Home Alone

Ghostbusters

1984
Cinematography: László Kovács

Movies in Colour - Ghostbusters

Zombieland

2009
Cinematography: Michael Bonvillain

Movies in Colour - Zombieland

Solaris

1972
Cinematography: Vadim Yusov

Solaris

Gravity

2013
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki

Movies in Colour - Gravity

Her

2013
Cinematography: Hoyte Van Hoytema

Movies in Colour - Her

Akira

1988
Cinematography: Katsuji Misawa

Movies in Colour - Akira

O Brother Where Art Thou

2000
Cinematography: Roger Deakins

Movies in Colour - O Brother Where Art Thou

There are a hell of a lot of stills on the Movies in Color blog, which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.