ByRoxy Radulescu, writer at
Roxy Radulescu

Perhaps in your journey across the expanse of the world wide web you have encountered movie stills with accompanying color palettes. If those stills are from a blog called Movies In Color, you've stumbled upon one of my most recent projects. My name is Roxy. I'm a graphic designer. Here is my process and how I came up with this blog.

The idea started when I was watching Skyfall. I was taken with the cinematography and use of color more-so than the story itself. I wanted to find out what colors made up certain stills so I thought I’d grab some selective screen caps and add each image’s accompanying colors. After making a few color palettes for Skyfall, I took it a step further by extending it to all films and started a blog. Movies In Color was born.

Research is first. I search for stills and frames that are compositionally interesting as well as rich in color. I use the help of a color generator to get a very basic range of swatches. Then I piece together the general palette from that and other colors I think are prominent or worth including from the still. It’s all done in Photoshop to keep layout and swatch sizes consistent and to facilitate color sampling from the image. In addition, there is a glossary for films and cinematographers on the site to keep things clean and consistent.

So far, the 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. On the surface, it is a study of color in films, but mostly has other uses and applications. One of the goals is to give artists color palettes they can use in paintings, films, videos, graphic design, and other pursuits. Light, medium, and dark as well as a general spectrum of color are included for future project/color inspiration.

You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and you can check out my website for other design work.


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