Drive (2011) – Each Shot a Painting


Directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. Starring Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March; Blue Valentine), Carey Mulligan (An Education; Pride and Prejudice), Bryan Cranston (Little Miss Sunshine; Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men; Life as We Know It), Ron Perlman (Hellboy; Tangled), Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood; Sucker Punch; Body of Lies), and Albert Brooks (Finding Nemo).

Nicholas Windig Refn works well with his DP, Newton Thomas Sigel, in order to maintain control over the color scheme and tone of each and every frame in the motion picture. Every shot is like a painting with the colors carefully chosen. The teal blue and orange complementary color scheme is persistent and unshakable. Comment if you have any ideas as to how the color scheme relates to the theme of Drive as a whole.

Some may say that this color scheme is overused in film and that, in Drive, it is overdone a bit. That may be so, but the visuals were impressive.

There is one more possibility: the orange-and-blue convention simply arose from the fact that daylight lighting can look blue on camera while tungsten lighting can look orange.


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