The Development of Coloring Technology and the Color Control: Inspirations and Color Treatment Applied in Paradise

by Haige Zhou

Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Department: Film and Television
Degree: M.F.A.
Year: 2015
Keywords: Thesis (M.F.A.)  – Film and Television; Savannah College of Art and Design  – Department of Film and Television
Record ID: 2062603
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Color is an important visual component in filmmaking, which is able to greatly enhance the expression of images. More importantly, it is a communication tool to convey information from filmmakers and influence the audiences’ moods. Throughout the history of cinema, the aesthetics and applications of color are constantly evolving. Especially in this digital era, the using of color becomes more various and popular, and therefore, as cinematographers, they have responsibilities to review and improve their professions on color manipulation under such a new situation. By taking a quick review on the development of coloring technology throughout the history of cinema and introducing principles and methods of color control in cinematography, this paper will use the author’s thesis film, Paradise, as example to demonstrate and explain how inspirations and color treatment were used in this film. Keywords: coloring technology, color control, cinematography, gels, filters, lighting, color temperature, filmmaking