The color temperature can convey a lot about the character and feel of a scene. In this lab your job is to create moods in a short film using color temperature as your tool.


1. Write a Short Script. You need to write a script/scenario for a 1-2 minute short film which utilizes BOTH a Cool Shot and a Warm shot.. Don't just make the changes in color temperature random - make them an integral part of your short story.

A Neutral Shot

A Warm Shot

A Cool Shot

The script can be in any genre - any style - whatever you want but you must include the line "I just don't understand it" somewhere in the script.

2. Shoot your Film Gather your resources and shoot your film. Remember it's not the real temperature of the scene but where you set your color temperature in relation to the light on set that determines whether your shot  will look neutral/warm/cool.

3. Grab a group photo of your cast and crew at the end of the shoot. Upload the photo in the form below.

4. Cut it together Edit your film: add sound effects, music, and color grade it to your taste and finish your film to show. Don't be afraid to push the color temperature in your grade to achieve the effect.

5. Grab two screenshots: one of your warm shot and a screen shot of your cool shot.

6.  Upload the finished film to YouTube or Vimeo. You can title the film however you want. In the video description put the following:

This was made for Filmmaker IQ's Hot and Cold Color Temperature Lab

Submitted by >>YOUR USER NAME<< >>Date<<

You can then add credits and whatever you want below that.

Make sure your film is NOT SET TO PRIVATE and share the link in the form below.


Keep in mind that drama is about conflict, and you can show this conflict through different color temperatures. The Color Temperature shifts should mean something to the short story you are trying to tell.

Don't be afraid to mix color temperatures. You can create some interesting composition with two different qualities of light. - in the example below, you could consider this your "warm" shot - The foreground lighting is warm. You would still need "cool" shot (Perhaps from the outside of the house looking in)

You could experiment with color temperature of the sun: there's Golden Hour, Twilight and Blue Hour. The color temperature will also vary between clear sunny days and overcast days.

Go make something great!

You need to complete the rest of the Lessons in this Course before you can submit your Lab Video!

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