Theoretical Paper

Chromatic Patterns and Emotional Response: A Cinematographic Case Study

Author: Ionel Simioana
National University of Theatre and Film I. L. Caragiale

The present paper proposes to elaborate an analysis regarding chromatic patterns used in cinematography and their potential role in triggering emotional responses. Until the present moment, professional literature has approached arts and emotional life on rather rare occasions, and has mostly referred to theorizing painting, music and literature. Cinema seems to be most often approached on its most explicit level, as authors focus on character portraits, spectacular or original storyline outcomes, and latest cinematography techniques which are most often approached in a mechanical manner. On the other hand, the most subtle elements, the ones that actually make the viewer meditate upon the spectacle he has witness, seem to be minimized. This is why we have chosen to purpose an extensive and multidisciplinary approach to chromatic patterns in cinematography, including an applied example of discussing elements of the 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.

Keywords: chromatic patterns, emotions, cinematography