Wednesday, 24 October 2012



Hue example 1: Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs (Sony Pictures Animation, 2009)

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs is an excellent example of colour grading. The start of the film begins with a very bleak, grey and de-saturated look to represent the financial troubles and lifelessness in the town that the main character lives in.  

As the film progresses, the town begins to transform because of the recent prosperity and enjoyment that a food machine in the sky has produced. You begin to get very saturated colours with quite a few complementary colours coming in to play together. In the example image (top right) there is a heavily emphasised use of blue and orange a.k.a. “blorange” to personify the happy emotions of the scene.
The second photo on the right displays an example of harmonious colours. These are colours that neighbour each other on the colour spectrum and generally create little contrast but a lot of emotion when used correctly.

Hue example 2: UP (Disney Pixar, 2009)

As displayed in the photo’s there was a strong contrast between a happy scene and a dangerous or depressed scene.

The positive scenes would emote goodwill from the bright saturated colours, seen on the bird and on the house. On the other hand danger or negativity was evident in scenes with the de-saturated and cooler colours often featuring blacks, greys, browns and dark reds.

This colour grading works in the same principle on the characters in the film. The image 3rd down on the right shows dogs that have evil intentions so thay have been given black fur, a black domain and red eyes.

  Hue example 3: Shrek 2 (DreamWorks Animation, 2004)

Shrek 2’s use of Hue was quite varied because of the large number of locations that the characters visit throughout the film.

 The beginning location ranged from the castle in far far away e.g. the warm colours of white washed walls, red velvet, bright brown of oak to create a sense of wealth and warmth.

In contrast the forest where shrek is ambushed e.g. cooler colours of blue, green and brown to the fairy godmothers factory of predominantly different shades of grey and dark brown.


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