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