Film is Visual Emotion: the Use of Warm and Cold in 19 Films
Stepping aside for a moment from the usual video essay, or how-to post, here is a beautifully edited ‘mash-up’ by Pixel and Frequencies that puts side to side frames from recent films that are heavily relying on either a warm or cold palette.
In less than two minutes, Pixel and Frequencies builds a powerful mood and manages to bring out a emotion with seemingly opposite visual styles that often intersect in their framing. I often get bored with mash-ups, but I felt this video is a nice complement to the recent essays about props, color palette and the broken artist’s journey.
There is a lot of care and time put behind this editing, and if you wondered how much of it, here is a little sneak peek at the process P&F went through:
“I downloaded over 400 films in 1080P at 23,976 Fps. I checked every films one by one for about 20 days, after that I started to edit my video on Sony Vegas. The difficult part was that Warm and Cold scenes or frames are not exactly consistent. The most important for me was that the image & music match. After 42 days of very hard work, I finished my “Warm and Cold” video.”
Out of the 400+ films that were checked, 19 made the cut for the video. Several of them were part of an article here at some point in the last couple of years: Big Eyes, Birdman, Gone Girl, I Origins, If I Stay, John Wick, Life of Pi, Maleficent, Man of Steel, Oblivion, Sunshine, The Divide, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Signal, The Theory of Everything, The Tree of Life, Watchmen, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Whiplash.
Watch the video to feel the emotion created by the visual friction of Warm and Cold, and look again at the frames below:
check the archives for a taste of it.