Color of Cinema is a website that explores the use of color in a wide array of films. We explore the color of cinema using three methods, and each of these methods aim to provide visual insight into the color palette and color grading used in films.
Movie barcodes take every frame of a movie (excluding credits and production logos) and compresses them into a single image, providing an overview of the colors used throughout an entire film. Each vertical line you see is a frame from the movie, smoothed out to the most dominant color of that frame. On every page, you can swipe across to see a version of the barcode where each frame hasn’t been smoothed out.
Movie Color Wheels
Movie Color Wheels take frames from throughout the movie and uses them to create circles that are smoothed out to the average color of each frame. Every circle you see represents a frame from the movie and the resulting concentric circle provides a unique overview of a film’s color palette.
Our Videos explore the color palettes of individual shots within movies. For every shot explored, we display a color palette made up of the ten most dominant colors as well as the hex codes of each individual color. Video content is coming soon.