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Color Palettes from Famous Movies Show How to Set the Mood of a Film

Color sets the tone and mood of a film before any of the actors have even uttered a word. Directors Lilly and Lana Wachowski used a green tint in The Matrix (1999) to create a mood palette that was suggestive of the early monochrome computer monitors. Yellow was used in Kill Bill (2003) to depict Uma Thurman’s character’s madness and instability.

Romantic comedies use pastel shades like beige, pink and lilac. Sci-fi and cyborg films use shades of blue, grey, and green. Teal and orange seem to be the trend in Hollywood nowadays, especially in movie adaptations of graphic novels and comic books.

To highlight the significance of color in films, UK-based designer Gaby Smith has come up with an interesting project called Cinema Palettes, that features color palettes derived from memorable scenes of famous movies. So far, Gaby has compiled more than 250 palettes, some of which might even give you color ideas for your next design project. Check them out below.

Django Unchained (2012)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Django Unchained
Director: Quentin Tarantino

American Beauty (1999)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - American Beauty
Director: Sam Mendes

Corpse Bride (2005)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Corpse Bride
Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

Deadpool (2016)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Deadpool
Director: Tim Miller

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Alice Through the Looking Glass
Director: James Bobin

Frozen (2013)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Frozen
Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows-part-2
Director: David Yates

17. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Inglourious Basterds
Director: Quentin Tarantino

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Kung Fu Panda
Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson

Life of Pi (2012)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Life of Pi
Director: Ang Lee

Lost in Translation (2003)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Lost in Translation
Director: Sofia Coppola

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Mad Max - Fury Road
Director: George Miller

Spirited Away (2001)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Spirited Away
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Star Wars - The Force Awakens
Director: J.J. Abrams

Suicide Squad (2016)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - Suicide Squad
Director: David Ayer

The Avengers (2012)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - The Avengers
Director: Joss Whedon

The Dark Knight (2008)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - The Dark Knight
Director: Christopher Nolan

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part-2
Director: Francis Lawrence

The Martian (2015)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - The Martian
Director: Ridley Scott

The Revenant (2015)

Cinema Palettes: Color palettes from famous movies - The Revenant
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu