Pixar's Precise Color Palettes Shine in 'ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut'
by Ethan Anderton
September 9, 2014
For those who don't know, part of the long process to make an animated film at Pixar Animation involves the use of color scripts? What is a color script? Well, like a normal script uses text to explain what happens on-screen in a motion picture, the color script is a visual companion showing the color palette, keys and tones that will be in each scene. And that's done for the entire film. Now a Pixar fan and Vimeo user Rishi Kaneria has decided to showcase just how precise and wonderful the use of color can be in Pixar's movies, from Toy Story all the way through Monsters University. It's short, sweet, and gorgeous.
For an example of the color scripts Pixar uses, here's one for The Incredibles:
If you're really interested in how Pixar puts their color scripts together and how it helps them plan the film, Pixar.com has a quick video going behind the scenes of the making of their films, with a special focus on these color scripts. You don't realize it while engrossed in the film, but the color palette can actually have a great effect on the emotion, tone and story in any given scene. And if you're a huge Pixar fan, you might want to check out The Art of Pixar: 25th Anniversary, which has the complete color scripts for Pixar's films up until the time the book was published. It's just one of many important elements in Pixar's greatness.
Cool stuff. But most animated films run the gamut of colors?
DAVIDPD on Sep 9, 2014
True, but that really takes away the intentional nature of those color choices. The hues and vibrancy of certain scenes is all planned out by the director and artists to elicit different moods from the audience. That's why a color script is so important. It maps out the ride of emotions the filmmakers want an audience to take. And it's so well done the viewer doesn't even think about it.
David Diaz on Sep 10, 2014
^this. Blows my mind every time these magicians lift the curtain and tell me how they made me feel so many things without my even noticing.
GuardianLion on Sep 10, 2014
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