Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thoughts on True Blood and Color



I've faithfully watched all episodes of all seasons of TB thus far, and as I watched the latest episode, I got to thinking about color. It might just be HBO's broadcast, or my television, but TB has a black-and-white feel, with touches of color to emphasize certain characters or to play with viewer emotion.

For example, the vampires mostly wear black, white, silver, and shades of gray, with the few touches of color in their clothes or settings being red. See the pic of Eric here (with Pam? or the queen? behind him) to see what I mean. Likewise Fangtasia has a black, white, and red theme. "Behind the scenes" of Fangtasia everything is gray, beige--bland industrial colors, which contrasts "reality" with the image Eric wants to project in the bar itself.

Bill's house is mostly shades of faded gray and cream (I so long to go in there with a paint roller) and always dim, night or day.



The richest colors in the whole show are in Merlotte's bar. There you get warmth mostly from wood, plus the oranges and yellows of the decor. Sam always wears soft clothes--paid shirts and jeans. In fact, everything about Sam is soft and warm (mmm hmm).

Sookie's house is full of creams and light colors, almost like sweetness and light. The most colorful abode of all is Lafayette's, and it's no accident that he is a colorful, vibrant character (and gets the best lines).

Anyone else notice things like this? (Or care, LOL?)

Color and tone can make us perceive emotion when it's not there (or enhance emotion that is). Cold, fearful, angry, tense, warm, happy. I like that the creators of the show took the time on such detail.

(And I enjoy the excuse to post pictures of Eric and Sam.)

3 comments:

Cindy Holby July 1, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

Wow, I never noticed it before but you are absolutely right. And yes, Sam is warm. Yummy. And please HBO, no more shots of his father in his untidy whiteys. My eyes can't handle it

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner July 1, 2010 at 4:17 PM  

Cindy: LOL I laughed at that scene, but no, not a pretty sight.

The Sherlock Holmes movie did a similar thing with color. Everything was a bit gray and sepia except for Irene's dresses and a couple interior shots that emphasized decadence. Very cool stuff, cinematography.

Bonnie Vanak July 2, 2010 at 1:27 PM  

True Blood is one reason why I wish we had HBO! Oh well, have to just rent the episodes.

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