The Use of Color in The Wish Horse

We shot the film in early spring to capture the muted grays, greens, browns, and blues of Central New York in May. When brighter colors (like the pinks in a character’s costume or pink flowers) appear, they stand out, representing the life and hope of spring. The golden light in the final scenes represents my own wishes for the characters. I’m thankful to our cinematographer, Zack Wilson, and to the rest of our team, for helping us develop the “look” of The Wish Horse.


Early on in the process, my sister Sara Smith painted concept art for me. Here’s a postcard we made with Sara’s artwork. 

Here’s a link to an interesting article from Cinema 5D about the use of color in film, 5 Common Film Color Schemes – Learning Cinematic Color Design