As the sun begins to set it brings the warmth of different shades of orange and red but what follows is the night which tempers this warmth. The appreciation of this little daily life occurrence is the essence of this short film Fade. The sunset was blissfully brought to life with clever usage of shadows and color changes. Watch the short film below:
The first two shots of the short were establishing shots with a nice cold and warm color contrast. The visual contrast of the night creeping in and the warm light of the sun slowly receding immediately expressed the central idea of the film. The floating balloon and the strips of orange and red that followed quickly engaged the viewers’ eyes to lead it to the direction of the sunset. It’s a subtle preamble to the main action of the film which is the chase of the sunset.
The liveliness of the sunset was best expressed by the playful use of shadows and color. As the scarf and bicyclist pass by, the luminosity of color red seeps out to be taken over by the shadow of the night. The fading light of sunset making things less colorful is often left unobserved and the film captured this moment in such an endearing way.
Fade is part of Sun Rise & Set by Hajime Kimura.