Movies In Color is curated and created by graphic designer Roxy Radulescu (RoxyMakesThings and roxymakesthings.com).
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 and after making a few
color palettes for Skyfall, took it a step further by extending it to
all films and starting a blog.
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. 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, videos, graphic design, and other pursuits.
Research is first. I
search for stills 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.