“APOCALYPSE NOW”: After many requests I decided to do a couple of more spontaneous articles about color grading palettes. Fascinated with colors I use the color correction program called Davinci resolve 15, the Hollywood industry standard.
I choose the film Apocalypse Now because its an iconic movie and a classic favorite of many professionals in the media industry. This palette is extracted from a beautiful scene from this iconic movie, Apocalypse Now.
These articles about color palettes are for everyone interested in seeing how colors are combined to help tell the story in a specific scene and how these colors support the story being told. It also shows what type of color rules are used, for example, analogous, complementary, triads etc.
Apocalypse Now the 1979 American epic war film directed, produced, and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. It was co-written by John Milius with narration written by Michael Herr. It stars Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, and Dennis Hopper.
Color Palettes are often used for set designs (filming, videos and even photography). When used in set design they are also great to use in the post production color correction and color grading process.
Designing custom palettes for clients is one of my passions so feel free to contact me for more information on creating or extracting color palettes, color correction and color grading:
“THE APOCALYPSE NOW COLOR PALETTE”
While watching the movie and scenes I had a feeling that the movie was not specifically colorful, however I was wrong, after analyzing a bit it struck me how colorful the scenes are, the colors are used in a beautiful subtle way but they are there.
Filled with nature it has beautiful designed additional colors, for instance the bandera reddish color. It is so eye-catching and attract the attention of the eye immediately. It also warns that, yes things may look peaceful, at any moment hell can break loose the red color seems to be associated with that character and is sometimes called color discordance. The scene I picked is of course the cover photo of this article.
Notice that the fire is actually also a natural color, skin-tones as well, so the only added colors are the red (reddish) and the greenish (brown) navy cloths and boat camouflage color.
Noticeable is that this movie does not have the BLOCKBUSTER look, nor a highly contrast look.
We should always remember colors are used to tell stories, they support the story being told, how ever great an beautifully colors are, in general they will “not” work if they do not contribute to the story being told.
Cinematographers and Di colorists often use scopes while filming and in post color grading. We can see on the scopes that the scene is very nicely saturated, the red bandera also standing out. The skin tones are really perfect skin tone colors. The blacks are intact (no pressing of the blacks) and no over exposure except for the fire fames.
THE 1979 Apocalypse now color palette.
This scene’s colors:
Soldiers cloths, boat and other camouflage colors
Bandera and cloths associated with a specific character.
Beautiful skin tones.
Fire and flames.
Natural green, leaves and trees.
Cameras and props.
GREAT LOOKING SKIN-TONES
As we have seen throughout all the other articles, skin tones are extremely important because good looking skin tones are very appealing to the eyes and even though this color palette does not use the blockbuster Teal and Orange Color technique the skin-tones are looking great, just for a reference you can see below the vector-scope incl. the skin-tone line.
SKIN-TONE COLOR WITH THE VECTOR-SCOPE READOUT
ADJUSTING A COLOR PALETTE
When using color palettes, you can always adjust the Saturation and the Brightness but NOT the hue.
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COLOR PALETTES tell a story and are very useful for getting all your colors great and matching. After all, every color tells a story. Di colorists love working with palettes for color correcting and color grading. I have seen many cinematographers, producers and directors work with their own custom made color pallets to support the story being told.
Great for using in set designs for filming, videos and photography.