Beyond the basics.
Few media consumers truly understand just how much the colour of an image changes from the moment it is captured by a camera to the moment it is displayed. Ever since the dawn of film production, filmmakers and now also a digital video producers have been finding ways to manipulate the colour properties of the final image. From painstakingly colouring the individual frames by hand, or through a variety of chemical, and more recently, digital processes, colour was always as important in visual storytelling as it was sound or the frame. To its disadvantage in terms of wider recognition, it does indeed work on more subliminal level. More so then other cinematic elements, however. After the first few sequences, most people will take picture’s distinct colour for granted all the way until the closing credits. Or simply state the movie/video was beautifully shot, without second thoughts. However, with the recent proliferation of digital cinema cameras, shooting incredibly flat logarithmic profiles, thus preserving as much information as possible, the gap between captured and processed image is wider than ever.
Recently, I stumbled across a great, video colorizing themed article by V Renée, on No Film School, a go-to educational and entertaining website dedicated to video and filmmaking. Article points towards an editor Casey Faris and his Youtube workshop on colour grading. Without going to extreme, it coherently lays down the foundations of how different colour modes capture different moods and atmospheres.