When I was in college more years ago than I care to admit on my blog, I enrolled in a World Cinema course. I enjoyed the class for many reasons: awesome professor, watching movies in class, exposure to international films, and discussing what differentiates a great film from a mediocre one.
One of my favorite topics was use of color in film. For example, think about how the color red was used in films like The Sixth Sense, Resident Evil, or The Matrix. The Sixth Sense used this color to convey moments when otherworldly events blended with the ‘real’ world. Resident Evil used it to convey warning of impending conflict, and The Matrix used it in the form of a red pill, which would free the main character from the confines of his imposed reality.
Use of color in story telling became a secret code for me; a subtle way to set the stage, and it changed the way I write. Color has the power to evoke emotions, thoughts, and memories. If used properly, it can also be a powerful tool in writing. Think about the use of red tulips in EVERMORE by Alyson Noël. Tulips are a symbol of perfect love. Red tulips like the one given to the main character are a declaration of true love.
I plan to blog about specific colors and their meanings later this week.
For now, can you think of any examples of use of color in books or movies? Which ones? What do you think is the significance of the color(s) used?