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6. Effects > Expose Only One Color

Expose Only One Color

The movies “Pleasantville” and “Shindler’s List” have scenes that appear in black and white while exposing one color, such as red. You don’t need a big budget to use this effect in your movies.

It is rare you will ever want to remove color from a shot, or an entire movie. Yet, in some instances, it makes sense within the story you are telling. Using the following technique, you can create a black and white scene, while allowing one color to “pass through,” known as a color pass effect. Figure 6-47 shows an original and completed image using the color pass effect.

Using yellow to help alert people to avoid physical harm
Figure 6-47. Using yellow to help alert people to avoid physical harm

When planning on using this technique, it will help if you can limit the color you would like to expose to the object where you would like to draw attention. For example, if you would like to focus on a girl in a red dress, you should try to avoid having other red-colored objects in the frame.


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