I’ve written before about color scripts—an idea that animators use to tell a movie’s story with color. Here again is the color script I created for The Year Without a Santa Claus. This is a longish book—40 pages instead of the usual 32. The story starts out with Santa feeling low, follows him as he cancels toy production for the year, jumps to follow Ignatius Thistlewhite (the kid who saves the day), then returns to Santa.
The color script begins and ends with neutrals—black, white and grays. The section showing the interiors of Santa’s workshop and house boasts warm colors—yellows, oranges, reds. The section following Ignatius uses a lot of what I think of as 1950s colors—mint green, Naples yellow, dusty rose.
In all the neutrally toned scenes with Santa, he always has a small bit of warm color around him—like the bedside light when he wakes up or the blaze of light coming from his house as Santa takes off on his Christmas Eve ride.