Colour scripts and moodboards

This is a frame from my colour script. This is a shot from the animation, where we see a large brown trout (native to the chalk streams) – I quickly made these two pieces to experiment with the colours and see what worked the best. The first image is magical but the second captures the water really well.

Colour moodboards

(L02:)When thinking about the colours of my animation I decided to refer back to the music that I was given. The music has three different sections and I wanted to reflect this with the colour script. I created these following moodboards to reflect each section of the music – and how I would like to capture the colours. (L01:) As a starting point these moodboards are very helpful for picking out tones and complimentary colours and putting them together to get a sense of how these colours could work without drawing.


(LO2:) The first section of the music is slow paced. I wanted to create these light colours similar to a dull day or early morning. The start should have this freshness and stale feeling similar to this part of the music – which feels as though its a still day, calm but something is lurking. (LO1:) I have selected yellows and greens from films and paintings that capture the atmosphere I want to carry through in this scene. (LO2:) I want to create a powerful opening to the piece. It’s important to me that the opening sets the tone of the rest of the film, so I want hints of these more vibrant colours while staying light (preparing the audience).


(LO1:) The middle section of my animation (with the eel) shows the struggle and danger. This scene I want to feel more saturated and darker. Almost like a grey cloud has passed over the sky. A cold feeling and strong sturdy colours like brown and muddy green. I also like the small hints of burgundy or red to contrast. When I placed the top two (moodboards) together I feel as though the impact of the change is not strong enough – I want to make the eel scene darker and intense and completely different from the freshness of the first mood board. This moodboard was helpful for me to visualize the impact of these colours.


(LO1:) The moodboards above and below I created for the last section of my animation. This part of the music is the most magical, and in my story it’s when the girl actually falls into the water. The colours in the above moodboard are deep blues and these darker richer greens. I feel like the water would intensify the colours of this underwater world. I want the last section to have the most life and colour. These two are my favourite mood-boards because they have the most impact.


(LO1:) This moodboard also reflects the colours of the last section of music. Instead I have bright greens and yellows. I want it to still reflect the nature of the animation but have these extra colourful and magical tones which creates a completely alien world than this girl has known. She will be exploring the colours and the beauty of this secret world.

Colour Theory

Analogous Color Scheme

Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel. They match well and can create a overall harmony in color palette. It’s either warmer colors, or cooler colors so doesn’t have the contrast and tension of the complementary colors.


Analogous colors are easy to take advantage of in landscapes and exteriors as they are often found in nature. Often one color can be chosen to dominate, a second to support, and a third along with blacks, whites and grey tones to accent. (1)

(LO2:) This video explores the psychology of every colour on the colour wheel. It was fascinating to watch; it is made of a mixture of film scenes (organised into the colours) and describes what every colour denotes to the audience. Colours are associated with all different emotions whether we realise it or not, the colour of scene can impact the storytelling of a scene and how we view a character or even the narrative. Green on this spectrum was described as ‘nature, immature and destruction’ – depending upon the context and the intensity / tone of green.



(LO1:) Only Yesterday (1991) is one of my favourite Ghibli films because of it’s soft narrative,  a simple story of a women looking back on her ten year old self as she travels and stays in the country. This particular scene from this film uses the same Analoguos Colour scheme that I want to also use for my own animation, harmony colours. At the same time there are small contrasting details such as the yellow flowers and sky to the blue clothes and mountains. The colours continue the same mood of the film, they create a  peaceful, serene and calm atmosphere. These colours also reflect nature which is important in most Ghibli films, but especially this one which is set in the Japanese countryside. I like how the mood of the piece can be captured with these cool peaceful tones we feel at peace and apart of this quiet scene.


Image result for house of the flying daggersHouse of Flying Daggers (2004)

(LO1:) I wanted to research into films that use the colour green to see how it is applied.  The House of Flying Daggers (2004) is a film which uses a very intense green. What I think is really striking is the concentration on the green and how direct it is. Their is a limit to the other colours in the scene and in the last two frames we can only see the actresses skin and red lips contrasting to the green, which makes the audience looks straight to the character’s face. Colour can be another tool  in cinematography to help the audience to look at where they need to be.

This vivid green also shows how powerful and dominating women fighters are. In this film I feel the colour denotes danger and destruction (a martial arts film).  In addition the colour green can be associated with nature, health and fertility.  The forest is very much alive because of that intense colour. Also the bathing woman with a lighter green can reflect fertility.  (LO2:) What I like from these scenes is the directness of the green which isn’t hiding or diluted, it’s powerful and bold. In the last scenes of my animation I wanted to use vivid colours

Image result for atonement green cinematographyAtonement (2007) Images: 1.) Cinema Thirteen Blogspot  2.) The Cine Crivivaine Blogspot SourcesThe guardian

(LO1:) The colour green in the film Atonement (2007) changes with the plot and characters. The shade of green changes with the mood and atmosphere, even the characters.  At the beginning we have very bright green that is could represent nature (English countryside), but coupled with this child character, it reflect immaturity and the white of her swimming costume could denote purity, youth, simplicity or innocence. That character is painted as a innocent (however, she is responsible for the downfall of the film because of this innocence.) The colour green can also be associated with jealousy as well as immaturity and the girl in white is jealous of the love her sister receives from a man she also crushes on.

The colour green which is seen throughout this film, is a recurring theme which represents the impact of that night on all of the main characters forever.  Diluted and saturated colour greens in the war scenes set a more morbid tone of sadness.  The dress that is iconic to this film (worn by Keira Knightly) is the darkest of greens. It reflects danger, pride and and a bold character. Another reason for the green in the film is that it could all stem from this dress. The film is a reflection of a person’s memories and the film could be infected green because of the dress – a dangerous and powerful symbol which sparks the whole night’s events.

Contrasting colours are used in the last image (above) red light is cast over Knightley which contrasts to the dark green. It represents a contrasting image onto the dress, blood, danger, anger and rage. And because it is cast over a character we feel that this reflects onto the character internally too. (LO2:) I love how green is used in this film so boldly and symbolically. It all ties to the same event, the green tones change and become saturated when the mood  calls from it. I hope to be able to use green in a clever way and think about the purpose the use of each colour.

Related imageSound of Music (1965) – Images: 1.) Highdefnews Blogspot 2.)

(LO1:) The colour green in The Sound of Music (1965) reflects the joy Maria feels for natures and the mountains that she has always been connected too. And we connect Maria with this green from the very beginning opening of the film, where we meet her in the green hills singing her love for the sound of music. This green is an extension of herself when she is at her happiest. The green is a joyful and happy colour. This film is a light-hearted and family friendly musical, which is why green is lively and positive and a limit to the contrasting colours. Maria is a young woman who is still working out how to be a nun, she is immature and inexperienced and this green reflects this too as well as her youthful bold character. The colour green is mixed with more with browns, yellows and beige, and even grey which gives for more an earthy feel, which is sturdy, homely and comfortable, we feel at home with the friendly Maria and her motherly character.  The harmonious colours show peace, safety, happiness and a balanced world.

The colour green can also mean healing or health, in a way she fixes the disfunctional family unit of the Von Trapps who are ordered about. The green is also placed on their uniforms and on the Captains showing the connection to one another and the army like uniformity. The colour ranges changes into different shades and tones giving life back to the children and the captain. (LO2:) I really like how colour is used in harmony to create this family friendly films – its beautiful to see vibrant colours of green used in a pleasant theme not only danger. My own animation is aimed at children so the colours from this film are a useful reference to keeping it creative and light-hearted when I need too.

(LO1:) A fitting introduction for Maria’s character, we learn a lot about her character and her love of nature but also music from this one scene. I love the use of green in these scene and it’s the most powerful and dominant on these mountains.


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