Chapter 5. Digital Color

  1. Richard Misek

Published Online: 26 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320077.ch5

Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color

Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color

How to Cite

Misek, R. (2010) Digital Color, in Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320077.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332391

Online ISBN: 9781444320077



  • digital color;
  • historic border between analogue and digital cinema. - Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire (1987);
  • crossing the chromatic wall in Wings of Desire;
  • historical border-crossing between analogue and digital cinema - late 1980s and till the present day;
  • archaeology of digital intermediate, 1989–2000;
  • variant of fake digital color - in Vincenzo Natali's Cypher (2002);
  • digital color aesthetics, 2000–9;
  • painting by numbers;
  • digital color's protean nature - manifesting in diverse ways;
  • Waking Life - exemplifying pure digital color in its engagement with time


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Crossing the Chromatic Wall in Wings of Desire

  • An Archaeology of Digital Intermediate, 1989–2000

  • Digital Color Aesthetics, 2000–9

  • Conclusion: Painting by Numbers?