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Ever Wonder What That Red Light Means? Here’s Why Contemporary Films Use Certain Colors

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Color is a psychologically powerful thing. This power is often wielded by corporations in the advertising and design industry to influence the perception of a product or concept. But, what about artists?

Film is a visual medium, with the result everything filling the frame should matter to the filmmaker. In particular, color is an invaluable tool. The Coen Brothers, for example, deliberately use green to achieve a specific effect in their films.

Lilly Mtz-Seara (also billed as Lidia Mtz-Seara) set out to examine just how recent filmmakers use different shades to convey information, exploring the colors of pink, red, blue, and well, pretty much the whole damn spectrum. Watch the compilation video below to get a new perspective on some of the most striking cinematography in contemporary film.