Susan Jones is the Protagonist in our production of The Book. Susan Jones is a mother in mourning over the death of her young daughter, Katie Jones. Susan Jones is presented as a very obsessive, paranoid and anxious. Due to these emotions, we wanted to keep Susan in very simple, plain, primary and secondary colours. Overall, Susan is a woman who was once a mother, so we wanted to stay true to how Susan would have seen herself, as a mother. Due to this, Susan would have worn simple and comfy clothes while Katie was alive, as she was still a very young child.
After researching into other mothers in horror films, I saw the common theme of casual, simple clothing to stay true to reality.
From this, I knew colour would be extremely important in setting the mood of the film. Susan is the first character introduced to the audience in a state of equilibrium, and so colour would either create tension, enigmas or a false sense of security for the audience.
I looked into the connotations of many different colours to decide the best colour costume for Susan:
Green:The color of trust and confidentiality. Green is the great balancer of our mental, emotional and physical energies which is why there is so much green on our planet. Green represents hope and trust.
Blue: is the color of trust and peace. It can suggest loyalty and integrity as well as conservatism and frigidity.
Red: Red can be used to represent love, anger, violence. This color is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy.
Black:is the color of the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, creating an air of mystery. It keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world.
(Source: http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/meaning-of-colors.html )
Although Green may be one of the most atypical options for a horror film, I decided that it would be best for giving the audience a false sense of security, as the narrative juxtaposes many of the typical connotations of the Colour Green.