From Paintbrush to Pixel
Edited By Wendy Everett
WENDY EVERETT Mapping Colour: An Introduction to the Theories and Practices of Colour 7
WENDY EVERETT Mapping Colour: An Introduction to the Theories and Practices of Colour In the dynamic and constantly evolving world of film studies, colour can be seen as the last great wilderness, the one remaining area yet to be explored, mapped, and charted. This volume, containing essays that consider the relationship between film and colour from a wide range of very different cultural and theoretical perspectives, aims to provide at least a signpost on that journey of discovery; an indication of work that has been achieved, work currently in process, and work still to be undertaken in this complex and fascinating domain. It is unquestionably the case that now, over a century since what is generally known as the ‘birth’ of cinema, colour is, at last, be- coming the focus of sustained critical and theoretical attention. A number of conferences devoted to the topic have recently taken place both in Europe and the US; numerous relevant research projects are underway; and – increasingly – publications are appearing which consider the significance and complexity of colour in film.1 The inspiration for this volume was a colloquium on colour that took place at Herstmonceux Castle (Sussex, UK), in May 2005. Truly inter- disciplinary, the colloquium brought together academics and prac- titioners from across the world, each of whom was investigating some particular aspect of colour in disciplines as various as literature and art, politics and sociology, gender studies and language, photography 1 Examples of recent conferences devoted to colour include: The Amsterdam Workshop at...
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