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The color orange in cinema

Orange Is The New Black.

As far as we’re concerned, we’ve been saying this for the past 23 years ;D

A mix of yellow and red, it is the color of creativity, youth, confidence and sympathy; it is stimulating, vivid, upbeat and warm. Cool and « pop », unavoidable in the 70’s, it made a comeback in the 80’s and 90’s. This time, it looks like it is here to stay 🙂

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As a tribute to our colleagues’ commitment to the film industry and to celebrate the Cannes Film Festival – of which Orange is a partner – the digital pages of our 100th magazine are dedicated to the color orange in cinema with:

  1. The color orange in Wes Anderson’s filmography
  2. The most iconic orange outfits
  3. Philip Castle, the man behind the poster for Clockwork Orange
  4. The first time the orange astronaut suit appeared in cinema
  5. An orange and white droid on the cover of Time Magazine
  6. Youtube’s cinema color expert
  7. How Val Kilmer became Jim Morrison
  8. The very orange atmosphere of the next Blade Runner movie
  9. Disney princesses at the Met Gala
  10. An orange blazer for the hero of “Kingsman”!
  11. “Wonder Woman” unleashes the movie’s last trailer
  12. Orange & Teal: the blockbuster look

So hold on tight as we zoom once again into pop culture!

And as the great Frank Sinatra once said:

Orange is the happiest color

 

The color orange in Wes Anderson’s filmography

The infographic - May 10, 2017

Thanks to their warm, reassuring, refined and always consistent colors, Wes Anderson’s movies are easily recognizable. Though very different from one another, they still have a few common points and this one is a big one: orange seems to be one of the director’s favorite colors.

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The most iconic orange outfits

Gimme 5 - May 10, 2017

A very powerful, distinctive and always in-trend color, orange has left its mark in the film industry. Naturally, it has turned some movie characters and their outfits legendary.

1- Lloyd Christmas’ suit in Dumb And Dumber (1994)

22 years after its release, the classic comedy by the mighty Farrelly Bros remains one of the funniest of its genre. It has a lot to do with Jim Carrey’s character Lloyd and his orange, very very bright orange suit!

2- Halle Berry’s swimsuit in Die Another Day (2002)

She’s probably one of the most charismatic “James Bond Girl” to wear orange: we give you the mesmerizing Halle Berry. FYI, the bikini she is seen rocking in this scene was a colored edition of the one Ursula Andress wore back in 1962 in the very first James Bond movie, Dr. No

3- The X Wings pilots’ flight suits in Star Wars V1 – The Return Of The Jedi (1983)

You probably see this one a lot during Halloween. It is also a less than appropriate outfit for a galactic pilot. Still it will forever be associated with the guy who made it famous: Luke Skywalker. You ask why?… well because it’s orange. Duh!

4- Hannibal Lecter’s prisoner uniform in The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

Some say that orange represents warmth. Well not when it comes to Hannibal Lecter and his orange prisoner uniform. It is the very outfit the pscycho-shrink wears – with a muzzle on his face – when he is taken out of his maximum-security prison.

5- Leelou’s suspenders in The Fifth Element (1997)

Who would have thought that a plain piece of elastic would become so iconic? Seems like, once again, Jean Paul Gaultier – as the movie’s costume designer – knew exactly what he was doing. He went for orange and minimalistic and the result was unprecedented!
For the real fans, don’t worry; we know where you can get your own.

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When packaging is used as a tribute

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Philip Castle, the man behind the poster for "Clockwork Orange"

Who's who - May 10, 2017

It is one of the most famous posters in the history of cinema. Famous because the film is a classic. Famous because its director is Stanley Kubrick. Famous because of the work of English artist Philip Castle. His signature technique: airbrush, a sort of miniature paint gun.

At the end of the 1960s, young Philip, who had recently graduated from the Royal College of Art, placed an advert in the London Evening Standard offering his services as an illustrator. The first to contact him was none other than Stanley Kubrick’s advertising manager, who invited him to the house of the famous director to talk about the poster for his next movie, a film adaptation of the novel by Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange, released in 1962.

Obviously this was Castle’s golden ticket and a few years later he was chosen to design yet another Kubrick movie poster: Full Metal Jacket. He went on to come up with album covers for David Bowie (“Alladin Sane”, 1973), Pulp (“His ‘n’ Hers”, 1994), Metronomy (“Night’s Out”, 2008), The Rolling Stones (“It’s Only Rock n Roll (But I Like It)”, 1974) and many more. He is also responsible for the posters for movies Mars Attacks by Tim Burton (1996), The Boyfriend by Ken Russel (1971) as well as Jack Nicholson’s Goin’ South (1978).

Moral of the story: whether it is clockwork one or not, “orange” will take you far.

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“It’s very pointy…”, is what Philip Castle had to about the knife in his poster ©P. Castle

 

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In which film, did the orange astronaut suit appear for the first time in cinema?

Shine at parties! - May 10, 2017

No need to look up at the stars. The answer is rather towards the Moon.
It is indeed in the movie Destination Moon, released in America in 1950, that the first orange astronaut suit made its very first appearance. It is also the first film in Technicolor that deals with space exploration.
The man behind the porthole thick orange protective layer is none other than actor John Archer, who plays Jim Barnes, an aviation tycoon who is helping to build the rocket that will take his squad to the moon and back.

Considered the very first hard sci-fi movie, it played a huge role in turning moon traveling into a possibility and not just a fantasy for the general audience.

A few years after its release, Hergé took inspiration from this pioneering work for his comics albums Destination Moon (1953) and Explorers On The Moon (1953).

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Classy orange in space! © IMDB

 

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When an orange and white droid is on the cover of Time Magazine

A picture says it all - May 10, 2017

On December 14, 2015, the day of Star Wars VII’s release of The Force Awakens, the main attraction was a droid named BB-8.
For the occasion, Time Magazine went super-modern and released – for the very first time – two different covers for its world edition. On one side the saga’s new mascot. On the other, his uncontrollable alter-ego, R2-D2.

The dual covers thing was a nod to the story of Episode 7 that sees the two droids having inside of their printed circuits the two halves of a map which leads to Luke Skywalker.

The moment you meet BB-8, you almost build some form of weird human connection. It has this really cute way of looking at you” said Marco Grob the photographer for most of the Times covers. His cuteness has seduced more than one viewer, starting with the fans, who all wanted a hold of his miniature replica and controlled by a smartphone application. This should tide us over until the December 2017 release of Star Wars VIII – The Last Jedi !

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BB-8 is on a roll ! © Time

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Kris A. Truini, director, youtubeur and cinema color expert

The 3 questions - May 10, 2017

Just like the color orange which has many meanings in cinema, Kris A. Truini has a multi-faceted resume! On Kriscoart, his Youtube channel, the young director dissects the cinematographic techniques and the psychology of colors.

Orange Pop : What motivated you to make videos that explain the technical aspects of films, the psychology of colors during the editing, lightning and photography proceesses?

Kris A. Truini: For as long as I can remember I loved telling stories. I started this Youtube channel when I was in high school and made a few horrible videos which gave me some views and new subscribers. Later, by starting to attend Full Sail University in Florida I realize the power of a platform like Youtube can have when used by a young filmmaker that is trying to get his work out.

Contrary to my expectations people there weren’t very interested in helping others make shorts or videos, instead there was this odd sense of competition that led to everyone doing their own thing. I hated that but I had to adjust to it so I started making videos and tutorials that I could do on my own, without crew and actors necessary to make a film. From there the feedback was incredible and for the first time in my life I felt accepted and wanted. This having brought personally me a lot, I continue to make videos to help others.

O. Pop : You’ve done many videos about the use of colors and their meaning, but also a short film titled “Orange”. So what represents the color orange in film? What does it stand for exactly

K.A.T.: Orange is a color that stand out easily and therefore can have several different meanings, but typically we associate positive feelings and emotions to it. It can show warmth, enthusiasm, excitement but also represent freedom, creativity and success.

Colors can take on many meanings but it’s important to know that they also stimulate us in different psychological ways. It also has been proven that orange color in particular affect us in very positive ways. It can also create physical effects such as a heightened sense of activity, stimulated mental activity, increased socialization, oxygen supply to the brain, contentment and enhanced assurance. Orange color also contributes to happiness, confidence, and understanding.

O. Pop : Which directors use orange the most and the best? In what movie?

K.A.T. :The color orange is probably the most common color used in films and is often used to portray moments of happiness and bliss. Its popularity in the color spectrum is also in part due to the current blockbusters’ look. A warm orange is complementary to a cooler tone such as teal. This is a pleasing combination since these two sets of colors sit opposite to each other in the color wheel, so creating a contrast rich composition as well as offering many ways to show separation between a subject to element from the rest of the scene.

Orange color can have many meanings, without having a single fixed connotation. Some artist such as Francis Ford Coppola in The Godfather used the color orange and the orange fruit itself as an omen of death. Alfonso Cuarón paid homage to this in his film Children of Men where the color orange and the fruit are seen right before the death of a major character.

Colors can be powerful and mostly a great tool when understood and used correctly. In filmmaking, they can become another layer of meaning that can guide the audience through the story, they can even heighten certain feelings, elements or moments in film, or simply just focus in the viewer’s attention to a particular part of your composition.

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How Val Kilmer got the role of Jim Morrison on the biopic « The Doors »

Music - May 10, 2017

Oliver Stone’s flick about rock legends The Doors received mixed reviews when it was released back in 1991… despite its orange poster. But Val Kilmer’s performance as lead singer Jim Morrison was critically acclaimed and remains one of the actor’s most glorious moment of his career.

To bag the very covoted role, Kilmer made sure to put all the odds on his side.
First of, he learned over 50 songs of the band, then he dressed in similar fashion as Morrison for at least a year. Last and certainly not least, he made a 8 minutes music video of himself where he could be seen singing and looking like Morrison at different times of his life.

He sent it to Oliver Stone who hated the video and wasn’t convinced that Val was the right fit for the movie, but ultimately the actor’s dedication –and his tremendous talent –  was enough to secure him the role. The story goes he had to go through therapy to get out of that character that he had been “cultivating” for so long.

« Stone, Kilmer, Morrison » … what a fantastic pop trifecta !

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The very orange atmosphere of the next "Blade Runner" movie

Stories - May 10, 2017

Although many big movies are to be released this year, a specific one already has us losing our minds, especially since we got a little preview of what to expect.

Ladies and gents, Blade Runner 2049 is around the corner… and ironically the dominant color in its trailer and poster is – you guessed it – orange! 🙂

Harrison Ford is back in the sequel for 1982’s Blade Runner. While Ridley Scott was the director of the original film, Denis Villeneuve is taking over directing duties and brought with him Ryan Gosling who stars with Ford as the movie’s main characters.

Granted, it’s only a picture and a 2 minutes clip and there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the movie, still that was enough to have our blood boiling in anticipation… and the thought of Harrison and Ryan in the same movie too.
Roll on October 2017!

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Disney princesses at the Met Gala

Stories - May 11, 2017

The Met Gala is THE event where movie and TV stars, musicians and people of the fashion industry all get together.
Obviously tired of being left behind, Disney’s princesses also showed up to the ball in 2017, at least they did on Gregory Masouras’ Instagram account.

#AnimationInReality Vs #MetGala Merida as @Zendaya in @DolceGabbana Alta Moda. #zendaya

Une publication partagée par Gregory Masouras (@gregorymasouras) le

The artist’s IG is filled with montages of Disney princesses’ heads on top of bodies of the trendiest celebs of the moment.
Ironically, our favorite ones are those of Merida from Brave. Whether on the red carpet (as singer-actress Zendaya) or on the cover of Vogue magazine (with model Mica Arganaraz’ body), she effortlessly steals the show with that fiery hair.

Special shout out to “Snow White” in that wonderful orange dress. WOW!

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An orange blazer for the hero of "Kingsman"!

Stories - May 12, 2017

Kingsman is like the perfect mix between Mission Impossible and James Bond. The British production is back for a new movie to be released in September 2017.

Colin Firth, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum are all part of the action-packed feature but the real headliner of the upcoming film is Taron Egerton who plays the role of Eggsy. And he’s definitely dressed to impress in his brand new orange blazer.

The film’s director Matthew Vaughn had this to say about the bold fashion choice: « Eggsy has his favorite orange Adidas tracksuit and says, ‘if it looks good in a tracksuit, why can’t I have it in a dinner jacket?’ ».

Looks like orange will be the color for the summer, again!

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"Wonder Woman" unleashes the movie's last trailer

Stories - May 15, 2017

On the eve of the MTV Movie Awards 2017, Israeli actress Gal Gadot used her social media accounts to drum some buzz for a “wonder-ful” surprise during the ceremony.
Tweeting an orange promotional picture, the stunner – who plays Wonder Woman in the upcoming movie of the same name – was preempting the future blockbuster’s latest trailer.

Miss Gadot and Chris Pine – her love interest in the movie – both appear, we learn a bit more about the hero’s origins but most importantly, we finally get more details on who the movie’s villain is going to be, and the answer is Dr. Poison!

Now THAT is what we call a super-hero! Seems like Wonder Woman is as badass as Batman, Superman and all the other men.

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Orange & Teal: the blockbuster look

Stories - May 16, 2017

So we came across this great YouTube video that talks about the “Orange & Teal” color treatment, or “the blockbuster look” as some like to call it.

It turns skin tones more orange and backgrounds more blue which makes it easier for the subject of the shot to stand out.
Surely by now you have images flashing through your head of movies (and movie posters) that used the technique to get a more explosive and pop look. X-Men, Avengers, Transformers and even the upcoming Blade Runner that we were telling you about all have that very specific Hollywood look that we all know and love.

If that’s not proof enough that orange is the new black, we don’t know what else to show you 😉

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See you next week!

To be continued - May 10, 2017

Next Wednesday, we celebrate 70 years of Cannes Film Festival’s jury!

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