Movie poster colors through history


20 Responses to “Movie poster colors through history”

  1. retchdog says:

    so how did the movie posters of 1920-21 predict the future? temporal disturbance caused by the end of wwi?

    • sam1148 says:

      I’d guess the data was collected from archival prints. Some of the colors on old prints  shift to blue over time even with good storage.

  2. Ryan Holmes says:

    I’d love to hear a corresponding analysis from someone in the industry. Im also reminded that A LOT of comedy movie posters are white with red type.

  3. EH says:

    You can see the increase in blues and decrease in reds, corresponding to the Teal-Orange Era:

  4. Marc Mielke says:

    What happened in 1924?

  5. RuthlessRuben says:

    Call me a Renegade, but I actually like Teal and Orange. It’s like Gin and Tonic to me.

  6. scav says:

    I wish IMDB would let you search by year…

    … or by colour of movie poster actually.

  7. Rider says:

    The sample sets  used are insanely small for anything from before the 70′s.  Pretty meaningless.  

  8. Sarah Dearne says:

    This is really cool! Interesting that teal shades have become more popular.

  9. ImmutableMichael says:

    I see they are becoming increasingly blue-shifted and accelerating towards us at growing rates. Some sort of dark energy is probably at work, probably James Cameron.

  10. Eric Harshbarger says:

    How cool. And for me very coincidental as just this weekend I made a chart that illustrates the past 30 years of movies that mention colors in  their titles:

  11. It shows hue but not saturation or value. It can answer questions like how much black was used in the posters?

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