Postproduced color

How Has Post-Produced Colour Evolved As A Narrative Device In The Film Industry?

A dissertation by

Ollie Andersen 


As a craft editor and colourist the connection between colour and storytelling has

always been very interesting to me. Throughout the course of this dissertation I

intend to find out what role colour has played in storytelling since it’s introduction to

cinema, through to it’s role today. Before starting this I will identify what effects

colours have on the audience through online research in order to gain better

understanding on the subject.

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Once this knowledge of colour is established I will be able to systematically analyse

films ranging from the start of cinema to present day, highlighting how colour has

been used to affect the audience. I will analyse films that utilise a specific method of

colouring for each chapter in order to establish a clear timeline for each. Separating

each chapter by colouring application will allow me to be more concise in my

analysis. Having these clear timelines allows for a conclusion to be drawn more

easily from them.

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