This shot of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone captures the glamour of attending a film screening in the days of old. Most of us don’t get so decked out to see a movie these days – at least not in the theatres I’ve attended lately. But wouldn’t it be nice if we did?
The rich red colour of the floating vanity pairs beautifully with the moody green walls. Low lighting creates a sense of hushed privacy.
The colour palette for this scene is quite limited, allowing the light itself to become an important aspect of the shot.
This room benefits from a similar light pouring in through the A-frame ceiling. The room echoes the dark brown of the movie scene’s backdrop, as well as the rose colour of Stone’s shirt. The wood floor is reminiscent of the colour of Stone’s hair.
This scene is quite muted in terms of its palette, made up nearly entirely of neutrals. The dark shade of the trumpeter’s suit and the reddish-brown hue of the brick wall draw the eye – as does the bit of Stone’s red straw peeking out.
Look at the attention to detail in this shot: The ocher colour of Gosling’s tie reflects the colour of the lamppost behind him, while Stone’s coral dress repeats the pink in the twilight sky. Grey also forms a major part of the palette, in the dark of the road and the lighter colour of the fence on the left.
Charcoal-coloured painted cabinetry grounds this kitchen in much the same way that the road provides a grey anchor in the movie shot. Pops of coral parallel the colour of Stone’s dress, while the wood floor approximates – yes, it’s not 100 percent – the ocher of Gosling’s tie. The dark wood door at the back of the room imitates Gosling’s hair; the paint colour in that niche echoes the concrete balusters in the movie shot’s lower left.
This intimate scene includes a softly electric range of pinks, reds, lavenders and blues. The colours of the room and light decorate the actors – look at the strands of hot pink in their hair.
This is a strong interpretation of the movie shot’s palette. Here, the colours – coral, as well as plum and an indigo-purple – vibrate with energy, though their intensity comes from the colours themselves rather than from the glow of an electric light.
The cool intensity of blue light takes over this shot – a palette that paints the skin tones of the characters icier. Warm squares of peachy light in the background keep the shot from becoming glacial.
A room need not showcase a large screen to get that blue glow. Here, lighting beneath the bar creates a similar effect. The warm tones of the wood and walls heat the colour palette. Note that the green edge of the light fixture matches Stone’s dress.