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50 Homemade Color Palettes of Your Favorite Films

Are you following @CinemaPalettes on Twitter? It’s a movie and design lover’s dream come true.

Are you following @CinemaPalettes on Twitter? It’s a movie and design lover’s dream come true.

We’re victims of color psychology every day. From the paint on our walls to the hue of your hair, your mood is greatly affected by the colors around you. Did you know that you should set your desktop to a green image to improve your productivity? Plus, if you want to add more energy to your workout, an orange shirt could do the trick.

The twitter account @CinemaPalettes takes our infatuation with color to new heights by breaking down cinematic stills into pleasing palettes.

Great filmmakers open up our eyes to how colors evoke an emotional result and plunge us into a world of their own. The directors with timeless style have created their idiosyncratic trends that are instantly recognizable.

A designer’s eye can see that Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola opt for a smooth range of consecutive shades, but Tarantino and Scorsese have a tendency towards similar tones accented by contrasting details. John Hughes’ palettes have a distinct nostalgic 80’s feel invoked by pastel purples, mauves and slate grey. Meanwhile, Brad Anderson’s The Machinist or Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook are studies in black and grey.

By looking at film through an artist’s gaze, seeing each still as a canvas, the manipulation of the colour wheel becomes a key factor in the overall narrative and concept. Here are 50 homemade color palettes by @CinemaPalettes that will give you a flash feeling of your favorite film.

The Shining (1980) dir. Stanley Kubrick

Belly (1998) dir. Hype Williams

Léon: The Professional (1994) dir. Luc Besson

Edward Scissorhands (1990) dir. Tim Burton

Little Shop of Horrors (1989) dir. Frank Oz

Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) dir. Abdellatif Kechiche

Deadpool (2016) dir. Tim Miller

American Psycho (2000) dir. Mary Harron

American Beauty (1999) dir. Sam Mendes

Spirited Away (2001) dir. Hayao Miyazaki

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) dir. George Miller

Her (2013) dir. Spike Jonze

The Hateful Eight (2015) dir. Quentin Tarantino

The Revenant (2015) dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu

Constantine (2005) dir. Francis Lawrence

The Big Lebowski (1998) dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) dir. David Yates

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) dir. David Zucker

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) dir. Wes Anderson

Labyrinth (1986) dir. Jim Henson

Mary Poppins (1964) dir. Robert Stevenson

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) dir. J.J. Abrams

The Theory of Everything (2014) dir. James Marsh

Home Alone (1990) dir. Chris Columbus

Peter Pan (1953) dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) dir. David Yates

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) dir. Wes Anderson

Taxi Driver (1976) dir. Martin Scorsese

Birdman (2014) dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) dir. Nicholas Ray

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) dir. Lorene Scafaria

The Garden of Words (2013) dir. Makoto Shinkai

Wild (2014) dir. Jean-Marc Vallée

John Dies at the End (2012) dir. Don Coscarelli

Alien (1979) dir. Ridley Scott

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) dir. James Bobin

Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013) dir. Sebastián Silva

Timecrimes / Los Cronocrímenes (2007) dir. Nacho Vigalondo

Mean Girls (2004) dir. Mark Waters

Spring Breakers (2012) dir. Harmony Korine

Gone Girl (2014) dir. David Fincher

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) dir. Jonathan Demme

The Graduate (1967) dir. Mike Nichols

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) dir. Michel Gondry

Pulp Fiction (1994) dir. Quentin Tarantino

Funny Girl (1968) dir. William Wyler

Lost in Translation (2003) dir. Sofia Coppola

Blade Runner (1982) dir. Ridley Scott

Ghost World (2001) dir. Terry Zwigoff

Cry-Baby (1990) dir. John Waters



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