Pause It: Blast-Off

'Pause It: Blast-Off'

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A line of uniformed soldiers stand at attention awaiting orders from their superior (Stratford Johns) in director Don Sharp’s BlastOff [AKA Those Fantastic Flying Fools] (1967). Dressed in a striking red coat, Johns’s uniform offsets the beige background of the sandy beach and the black uniforms of the soldiers. The use of red helps to accentuate the frame’s dynamic color pallet. The use of color in film dates back to the medium’s early days where individual frames had to be painstakingly hand tinted. Since that time, the manipulation of color has grown more sophisticated with the advent of digital technologies and the increased role that colorists now play in the post-production process. A talented director along with their cinematographer will work to make sure that in establishing a color pallet they are choosing a group of colors that not only complement one another, but that more importantly complement the emotional tenor, tone, and style of the story being told.

Director: Don Sharp
Cast: Burl Ives, Jimmy Clitheroe, Terry-Thomas
Cinematography by:  Reginald H. Wyer
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September 10, 2018

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