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Analyzing Color in Storytelling with Bill Perkins

Analyzing Color in Storytelling
Master the Skill of Visual Storytelling Analyzing how color dictates mood.

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Movie clips in this lesson: Back to the Future, 1985, Universal Pictures; Nanny McPhee, 2005, Universal Pictures; An American in Paris, 1952, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; The Phantom of the Opera, 2004, Warner Bros; Skyfall, 2012, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; West Side Story, 1961, The Mirisch Corporation.
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Bill Perkins
Art Theory, Entertainment Arts
Art Philosophy, Composition, Light & Color
Adobe Photoshop, Charcoal
2h 52m 47s

In this lesson, instructor Bill Perkins will lecture on how to utilize color in visual storytelling. Bill will analyze several movies where color was manipulated or designed to aid the narrative. You will learn how to identify color relationships and apply contrasting colors to drive character development. Then, Bill will examine the color in famous paintings to give you the tools needed for deciphering the color notes and making them your own.

This lesson belongs to the course Visual Storytelling. In this 7-week course, legendary Disney art director Bill Perkins will teach you the skillsets needed to create strong visual storytelling for film and animation. With his years of experience working on films like Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Space Jam, Bill will help build your visual vocabulary to aid in your creative storytelling. You will learn about the visual components like primaries of design. Bill will lecture on the importance of dominance and subordination. You will explore ways to achieve shape clarity as well as manipulate both visible and implied lines. From there, Bill will analyze the use of color and visual subtext to help enhance your visual storytelling.

Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.