Color scripts. I’ve used and seen them in various film and video
game projects I’ve worked on. I’ve also been a huge proponent of them in
the various talks I’ve given and lecture circuits I’ve participated
on. But this is the first time I’ve actually authored one myself.
So what the heck is a color script and why did it take me so long to
do my own? I actually have never encountered a formal definition of
one. Even after I did a quick wiki and google for it I didn’t find one.
I’m sure if I dug deep enough I’d find one. So in addition to my first
color script, here’s my first attempt at a definition:
Color Script: A visual document or guide showing how hue, saturation
and value unfold in a film, TV show, or video game.
Hmmm… not bad for a first shot. I’m sure I’ll refine it further in
future lectures, but that’ll do for now. So utilizing Photoshop and
snapshots from animatics and storyboards, I put together the color
script attached to this blog entry. So what? Is it useful?
I’d say it is. It helps me as a director keep track of how this
short piece evolves visually. Color affects mood, atmosphere and
feelings among other things. I have to say that I didn’t truly
appreciate the power of color until I worked at ILM where I used light
and textures to complete my shots in several commercials and films. Now
I really appreciate and use color to help express any story, idea, or
concept in every piece that I direct or produce.
Anyway, I believe this script will prove handy in managing and
directing the team of artists that are currently hard at work on an
elaborate public service announcement I’m directing in Shanghai. If all
goes well, it will air during the the Shanghai 2010 World Expo which
opens in less than a month.