Popular Films Get Broken Down Into Color Palettes

Creating the perfect color palette is a great way to establish harmony for any piece you’re working on. It’s something that artists and designers consider when putting together any type of artwork or design. The perfect use of color is also present in almost every movie you’ve ever watched, and if you ever awed by a film’s cinematography and use of color, then you’ll enjoy Movies In Color. From blockbuster hits to anime and indie films, graphic designer Roxy Radulescu breaks down each movie’s color schemes into the perfect palettes.

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A Christmas Story, 1983

Radulescu first got the idea to break movies down into color palettes while watching Skyfall, but instead of stopping there, she decided to to do it to all films and created Movies In Color. “[T]he blog has not only been an aesthetic pursuit but also an educational pursuit that showcases the relationship between color, cinematography, set design, and production design,” Radulescu says. “Overall, it is a study of color in films, but has other uses and applications. One of the goals is to give artists color palettes they can use in paintings, films, video, graphic design, and other pursuits.”

Spirited Away, 2001

Spirited Away, 2001

In order to deconstruct each of the movies, she begins by researching the film and searching for stills that are structurally interesting with a full array of colors. With the help of a color generator, she gets the basic swatches then continues to piece together the palette.

Dracula, 1992

Dracula, 1992

Here is the list of all the films she’s done so far. If you don’t see a movie on there that you’re interested in, she also takes requests.

Elf, 2003

Elf, 2003

Fight Club, 1999

Fight Club, 1999

Amélie, 2001

Amélie, 2001

Blade Runner, 1982

Blade Runner, 1982

Princess Mononoke, 1997

Princess Mononoke, 1997

King Kong vs. Godzilla, 1962

King Kong vs. Godzilla, 1962

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