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If it's Purple, Someone's Gonna Die
is a must-read book for all film students, film professionals, and others interested in filmmaking. This enlightening book guides filmmakers toward making the right color selections for their films, and helps movie buffs understand why they feel the way they do while watching movies that incorporate certain colors.
Guided by her twenty-five years of research on the effects of color on behavior, Bellantoni has grouped more than 60 films under the spheres of influence of six major colors, each of which triggers very specific emotional states. For example, the author explains that films with a dominant red influence have themes and characters that are powerful, lusty, defiant, anxious, angry, or romantic and discusses specific films as examples. She explores each film, describing how, why, and where a color influences emotions, both in the characters on screen and in the audience. Each color section begins with an illustrated Home Page that includes examples, anecdotes, and tips for using or avoiding that particular color.
Conversations with the author's colleagues including award-winning production designers Henry Bumstead (Unforgiven) and Wynn Thomas (Malcom X) and renowned cinematographers Roger Deakins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Edward Lachman (Far From Heaven) reveal how color is often used to communicate what is not said.
Bellantoni uses her research and experience to demonstrate how powerful color can be and to increase readers' awareness of the colors around us and how they make us feel, act, and react.
Table of Contents
Part I: RED: The Caffeinated Color
Chapter 1: Powerful, Lusty, and Defiant
Chapter 2: Anxious, Angry, and Romantic
Part II: YELLOW: The Contrary Color
Chapter 3: Exuberant, Obsessive, and Daring
Chapter 4: Innocent, Cautionary, and Idyllic
Part III: BLUE: The Detached Color
Chapter 5: Powerless, Cerebral, and Warm
Chapter 6: Melancholy, Cold, and Passive
Part IV: ORANGE: The Sweet and Sour Color
Chapter 7: Warm, Naive, and Romantic
Chapter 8: Exotic, Toxic, and Natural Earth
Part V: GREEN: The Split Personality Color
Chapter 9: Healthy, Ambivalent, and Vital
10: Poisonous, Ominous, and Corrupt
Part VI: PURPLE: The Beyond-the-Body Color
Chapter 11: Asexual, Illusory, and Fantastic
Chapter 12: Mystical, Ominous, and Ethereal