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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Be Aware of the Color Choices Made Throughout Your Project

Although they do not have to be, color choices can be very important to a motion picture. A particular color can take on a particular meaning—red could mean a warning or denote passion, whereas blue could mean a cold or uncaring individual or a sterile environment. Even if you do not take your color scheme that far into implied meaning, the color choices that are made for set dressing, costumes, and make-up will have an impact on how the shots get recorded and how visible certain objects might be. For instance, you may not wish to put a character clothed in all dark clothing in front of a shadowy or dark-colored wall for the fear that he will get “lost” in the sea of darkness.

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