Creative Brief Six – Colour and Affect



260MC Creative Brief Task Six – Affect, Colour and the Devotional Object.

“Note one thing well: you must think through colour, have imagination in it.  If you don’t have imagination, your colour will never be beautiful.  Colour must be thought, imagined, dreamed”. 

– Gustave Moreau.

“Why do you look so sad?”

“Because you speak to me in words, and I look at you with feelings”

– Pierrot le fou, (Godard, 1965)

Walter Murch identified Gustave Flaubert as one of the three fathers of cinema.  Your task this week is to adapt for the screen the following passage from Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.  You should keep in mind the issues discussed on today’s lecture.  Through your use of the camera, light, colour and sensation you must reveal to the world that which without you would not have been seen.  Use colour with purpose, and remember that the law of beauty does not lie in truth to nature.

This should be an adaptation and not a literal interpretation of the text.  You should try and capture something of the spirit of the passage.  How you do this is up to you, but careful consideration should be given to all of the formal and stylistic elements of the film.

The passage, Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert:

“One day he got there about three o’clock. Everybody was in the fields. He went into the kitchen, but did not at once catch sight of Emma; the outside shutters were closed. Through the chinks of the wood the sun sent across the flooring long fine rays that were broken at the corners of the furniture and trembled along the ceiling. Some flies on the table were crawling up the glasses that had been used, and buzzing as they drowned themselves in the dregs of the cider. The daylight that came in by the chimney made velvet of the soot at the back of the fireplace, and touched with blue the cold cinders. Between the window and the hearth Emma was sewing; she wore no fichu; he could see small drops of perspiration on her bare shoulders.”


  • You must focus on two of the following colours:
    • Blue
    • Red
    • Magenta
    • Cyan
    • Yellow
    • Orange
    • Green
  • You must use artificial lighting in at least one of your shots.


The Three Fathers of Cinema, Walter Murch –

Uploading your work 
When you are finished upload it to Vimeo and add it to the Cine Collective Vimeo page by midnight on Sunday 17th November. We will be feeding back on them during next week’s session.


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