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  1. frogambassador Author

    VideoLab's piece on Man of Steel is embarrassing, they took it down when someone proved they had desaturated the original film footage in their comparisons. The skin hues looked terrible in their edit, and they seemed to think savannas should be bright green.

  2. enes pintados Author

    The Giver, Shutter Island, and Limitless should be included in this list. Nevertheless, you did a good job providing some insights on color schemes my friend! Well done!

  3. Walid Elsawi Author

    do you know what's more important than colors…?
    without a question, the music…
    you can show any crap, an' i mean letterly any shit, an' put a good piece o' music, an' here you have a masterpiece…
    hearing is way more effective than seeing…

    an' by the way, you made a great job selectin' these tracks to this video…
    i liked the video a lot, but i would also make it till the end if the content was not that good, because of the music is kinda deep an' touchy…

  4. saf10 Author

    Great video. Do you have a list of your favorite movies somewhere? I feel like you're someone I can trust when it comes to good movies.

  5. Amrunnor de Sith Author

    Evangelion the Rebuild is made in RED color style. Blood, oceans of it, red light in cabins, red plugsuit of Asuka and her evangelion's color, red sky during the Impact. Also, in anime hair color is always used to make associations for the characters

  6. Ebo Scrubbly Author

    I watched this as a homework assignment but this is super relaxing. I could fall asleep to this, for the best reasons. Thank you for making homework enjoyable.

  7. Kaiben Music Author

    can someone tell me the name of the film at 0:23? I've been meaning to watch it for like 10 years but whenever I remember that I've been meaning to watch it, I put it off and then forget what it's called haha.

  8. muhammad ahsan Author

    Very well written, great insights, had a lot to take, absorb and make notes. This video was a labour of love and in the true spirit of sharing. Thank you

  9. What’s good Author

    Colours can be associated and resemble/relate to a variety of words that express opposing opinions & feelings. To breakdown the concept of colour and produce factual body of evidence is difficult next to impossible. We can’t categories a colour to resemble a feeling. The colour blue pairs with confidence which is contradictory to blue representing depression also. Red is well used to express the feeling of love but also anger, which are more the less opposite emotions. There is no backed up evidence to explain logically colour. Everything comes down to personal life experiences and opinions.

  10. Mario B. Author

    You used amazing scenes for this video dude. I hope you’re still doing this in your free time at least man don’t stop with this knowledge! I wish I could micro dose the world with some meth to concentrate and watch ya videos and hopefully learn something.

  11. Mai Curott Author

    I absolutely love this video and all that you do! My only wish would be that each scene have the title of the movie it is referencing included. Many of the films I recognize, but others I would like to know more about. I hope you don't take this negatively! Thank you again for creating fantastic content!!

  12. Robbe Nagel Author

    Told a group of friends I didn't like Marvel movies partly because of their boring colour usage. They mocked me for finding colour important when it comes to movies…

  13. ElectricLabel Author

    "It didn't take filmmakers long to discover that colour was an essential component of storytelling." – No, it isn't. It's a visual aid, an affectation, a psychological enhancement. But it isn't any more essential to storytelling than stereo or 5.1, that is simply a wildly untrue statement. If you don't believe me, ask Hitchcock, Preminger, Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Bela Tarr, any great filmmaker.

  14. Presque vu Author

    The green tint used in "The Matrix" did not represent the mundane and lifeless (in many scenes it was anything but) but was used to convey that the setting was a computer simulation (suggesting the green tint of old computer monitors).

  15. Kyle Merryman Author

    Sorry if I'm the 1000th person to say this, but Uma Therman's jumpsuit from the Kill Bill series is inspired from Bruce Lee in Game of Death. Probably obvious to most, but in this case I would consider the use an homage more than a conscious color choice. Though the color choice by Bruce Lee in his film is striking and powerful.

  16. WalterLiddy Author

    Nicely done. This is an area I don't pay enough attention to and appreciate the tips. I've always been very interested in the colour films of Powell and Pressburger, and how quite often they'll have a shot in which every colour in the spectrum is visible. Next time I have a view, I'll see if I can parse out some of the ideas you discuss here.

  17. pjetrs Author

    A lot of great footage of Kubrick, who is for me the best example of colour usage. Never seen any other director use colours so purposefully.

    Love this video by the way!

  18. Un-uh, peeling Author

    Ive always sorta wanted to make a movie with color that gives meaning but…

    Idk how to make a movie.
    But I’m glad this video exists! I’ve been looking for a video like this for a while


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