A Study of the Effect of Color Palette in the Process of Film Frame Harmonization

Intellectual Systems and Technologies

We studied the impact that a color palette chosen for a film frame has on the scanning and recognition process of the human eye. We used three color palettes: mono-color, complimentary colors, and three-color. The experiment, including the preparation of picture frames, and collection of data is described in detail. A binary model of the human color vision was used for theoretical confirmation of the experimental data. We have shown that the choice of the color palette has an impact on the scanning process of a film frame by the human eye. Therefore, the color palette can be used during film frame formatting to enhance and enrich the cinematic experience. ANOVA statistical analysis of the data allows to formulate several rules for film frame harmonization at every step of the frame production (from frame design to frame post production). We show that a three-color palette is the most readable but also the most complex to realize.