How filmmakers manipulate our emotions using color

How filmmakers manipulate our emotions using color

Like music in an elevator or a doctor’s waiting room, color has the power to influence how we feel without our even noticing. Film directors have exploited our connection to color for decades.

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Directed, edited and written by Hadaya Turner (@hadayalive)
Narrated by Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@ArielleDRoss)
Special thanks to Chris Plante (@plante)

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20 Responses

  1. Mr. Guy says:

    IT WAS FROM PORTAL I TELL YA!!! THEY ALL TOOK BLUE AND ORANGE CAUSE IT
    LOOKS GOOD AS PORTAL COLORS I TELL YA WHAT!!!!

  2. MLG Neighbor says:

    film directors haven’t done shit to my emotions. stop giving them credit
    for nothing

  3. Jack Donegan says:

    Drive is a good example. Not just for colour grading but the composition of
    every scene combines blue and orange things.

  4. Forest Noise says:

    So, The Verge is becoming more WatchMojo.com?

  5. FaezRaw says:

    Those last scenes were: Post-apocalypse, Apocalypse, Pre-apocalypse.

  6. Alan Tang says:

    music made more of an impact in the last three scenes. You should make a
    video about how music affects our perception movies.

  7. Aisha Sollars says:

    whats the movie at 0:33 ?

  8. LuisJayala95 says:

    Awesome ! @theverge keep making videos like this.

  9. Anthony Pascual says:

    >iOS app
    freaking Verge

  10. Haduken154 says:

    fucking garbage waste of my time

  11. Enpitsu san says:

    Ok the music just ruined the whole point, but muted it and looked at the 3
    clips again thinking: What theme would the movie have that these clips came
    from.

    With the colors alone I thought the first one looked like a sad drama
    movie, the second a romantic movie and the last a horror movie.

  12. lucca Sanna says:

    1:05 , WILLEMPIE

  13. depolise says:

    yellow in the desert, no shit

  14. Color Smith says:

    The music in the end, I think, has more effects on the scenes tones than
    the colours.

  15. rai ZOR says:

    By adding music to the last comparison pretty much this video useless, you
    were comparing colours, so why change the music?
    Verge did a similar thing when they compared audio streaming quality or
    something.

  16. NewBoy1204 says:

    Color made no difference, music changed everything.

  17. Jeff Thompson says:

    If you read Plutchik’s (very short) paper, it’s pretty clear that the
    colors in his diagram aren’t related to the emotions listed, except maybe
    superficially (ie: blue = sad).

  18. Ahmed Salem says:

    Is this the best video article of The Verge for this year or what ?

  19. Micah Lindstrom says:

    “Power”? “Manipulation”? It’s called ‘communicating’.

  20. noormanxw says:

    omg that poor cow