Color Scripts

There’s a science to choosing color schemes in a movie, to make the movie visually more attractive and to provide psychological assists, and how designers use complementary pairs in a movie’s art design.  Ralph Eggleston from Pixar was the person who introduced color scripts. He suggests that it provides a definite color palette for the movies. It defines the lighting, the color scheme for the Pixar movies.

Color script serves a functional purpose in animation. Its provides the director all clues he can get from start to finish of the movie on screen. Color script is an early attempt to map out the color, emotion and moods for the film.

Having a color script will not make or break your animation but it can definitely help the studio to evolve new ideas and figure out different approaches to early stages of story telling. The first attempt of any animator is to set the mood for the project.  Color script is not about making a pretty piece of art; it evolves throughout the early stages of the film, hand in hand with the story development.

It is often best to start from a traditional predefined color scheme. Analogous, Complimentary and monochromatic color schemes are just a few of the traditional color schemes available as a starting point for designers




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