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Color to Shape Your Novel

We all know the power of color, and books have been written in detail on the effect each color has on a person. One book that is particularly fascinating on the topic, should you be interested in going deep into color symbolism and subtext in your novel, is If It’s Purple, Someone’s Gonna Die, by Patti Bellantoni. This book helps filmmakers choose the right colors for their stories and showcases more than sixty films discussing the deliberate use of color for impact. Filmmakers have to be particular keyed into color, since their work is so acutely visual. Continue Reading…

Use Camera Angles to Supercharge Your Novel

Last week we took a brief look at camera angles and how they can be used to subconsciously imply either a victim or victor mentality, among other things. Novelists can learn much from the way filmmakers position the camera, for it’s not just about which camera shot to use but the angle from which the shot is taken. That is also of key importance and can and should be integrated into an image system. Continue Reading…

How Novelists Can Create Image Systems for their Story

Last week, we touched on a concept called Image Systems, which is something filmmakers consider when preparing to shoot their movie. Image systems can be made up of many different types of components, and by looking at some movies with powerful image systems, hopefully you will get some ideas of how you can do similarly with your novel. Using an assortment of these “building blocks” can give deeper meaning to your overall story.

In the movie The Sixth Sense, writer/director Shyamalan uses red to link with the supernatural. In every scene in which something “beyond the veil” is shown, you’ll find an object in red: a balloon, a sweater, a tent, and many others. Using a repeated color is probably the most common element in an image system, which makes sense with movies, since they are so visual. Continue Reading…

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