Freedom Vs Tyranny

Quentin Tarantino’s works such as Pulp Fiction and The Hateful Eight tend to all centre around a similar tone and style. Every film he has ever made is immediately indentifiable as a Tarantino film. This may be due to the repeated use of violence, cinematic references and extended dialogue. I believe this could be for one of two potential reasons. One: that Tarantino has a limited range, which does not necessarily make him a bad director, but more that he specialises in making a specific type of film. Or, it may be down to the fact that Tarantino would rather make a type of film that he enjoys, rather than one that panders to his audience.

David Fincher, on the other hand, has proved that he can make a diverse range of films. For example, the classic Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network all have very different narratives. However, much like Tarantino, Fincher consistently uses a similar colour palette in his shots. Tarantino prefers to use vivid shades of red and yellow. Whereas, David Fincher, sometimes nicknamed ‘The Prince of Darkness’ uses dull shades of yellow and blue.

I explored their significant use of colour pallettes further and stumbled upon something called a ‘Movie Barcode’. I had only ever seen one before, used for the entirety of the Harry Potter movie franchise. I found two, one for Tarantino and one for David Fincher. It is certainly, the easiest way of showcasing and comparing the colour palette of films.


Above is the the colour palette for ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’, which doesn’t look entirely like I thought it would. However, there is certainly a lot of yellow colouring thrown in there and towards the latter half of the middle, there’s a lot of red’s and oranges, which I did expect.


This is the colour palette for ‘The Social Network’, which definitely came out more or so how I would expect it to. As you can see, it’s much darker and less variant in colours than Tarantino’s works. The use of black and yellow is quite prominent throughout the entirety of the film as I expected, however there is an unusual lack of blue, which I did not expect.



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