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color is an important part of visual storytelling like tone color is primarily used to create mood or emotion and direct the eye by emphasizing different parts of the image we have a whole lesson on the science of color so check that out if you want to know more in this video we'll look at a few fundamental ways artists use color let's start with the color wheel because it allows us to identify visually similar colors which are close to one another contrasting colors which are further apart and complementary colors which are opposite each other on the wheel the use of contrasting colors can really direct our attention notice how vibrant they feel now compare that to these similar colors notice how natural and cohesive they feel as if they belong together also each color on the wheel can have a different psychological influence for example this shade of blue can be used to support a calm and relaxed mood compared to this red which feels much more alarming or alert now let's return to our concept art and look at it from the perspective of color so the color in this image which is the color script those used for the film is very specific so if we look in the background here there's a lot of blues and cold colors especially here with Carl because he kind of feels sad and then if you as you push over you start to see the warm light come in to the frame so from the window we have like this really bright and vibrant yellow and then we get to Ellie she's almost wrapped in a warm reddish tone we decided magenta would sort of be her color and so even this piece tied onto the balloon is magenta we wanted to sort of play against the theme of darkness and coldness which is the interior of this room everything that's surrounding her yes she's still full of life the concept art as we move forward with this moment in up that blue says a lot about him emotionally it brings him down a little bit it helps us feel a little bit more somber on his behalf we connect that balloon with Carl and with his expression as we're kind of looking at things here however Ellie you know on a second look at this image we can see how optimistic she is we can see sheet her powers puts the color are overpowering everything in the in the panel her emotion is overpowering everything with her colors really bring up a spirit of optimism and comfort and things are going to be okay don't worry about me I'm going on to another adventure a sunset you know a warmer light often represented represents the end of something when Carl goes home the sunset is think we know the pink has been the color that represents Ellie and the Sun completely sets and the pink color goes away and we feel emotionally through the use of color how what we're supposed to to feel for the character for storyboarding we really don't use color very often unless it's a very important story point and so one time that I did use color was in the beach scene where I wanted to show a change in time where he's trying really hard it's finally making some progress but ultimately he fails so I use the deeper reds and oranges because they make you feel a little bit more passionate a little bit more fiery almost like an anger or competitive spirit that racing is if you look at these images of mr. incredible at the beginning of the film we're talking about the golden days you know he's he's being a superhero and his costume is represented in blue it's pretty cool costume but it's not quite as powerful of a color then you go to a mr. incredible working at in shuriken is completely unhappy the color has been taken away from his life and from his from his costume and finally when a mr. incredible comes back as a superhero we have a really powerful color this red super suit which is a lot better than the original one so there's a very clear progression when you look at these three pictures of you feel emotionally how the characters feeling and how this progression is how his arc is in the cell as we've seen color is essential to our storytelling process and so are the other compositional elements we've explored in this lesson all of these things work together in our films to direct our audiences I convey meaning express emotions and support story points the goal of this lesson was to open your eyes to these ideas so you can apply them to your own stories in the final exercise you'll work on creating a beat board to visualize your story spine from the previous lesson your job is to create a single image for each beat which captures the essential story point of that moment so go and have some fun