Created By: bobfrank on August 12, 2013

Mostly Monochrome

A scene/image done entirely in black-and-white, except for one specific object

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Sometimes the creator of a visual work wants to emphasize a certain object in a scene. There are many ways of doing this, often by having the camera pay special attention to it in some way. But one trick that doesn't depend on camera work is to make the scene Mostly Monochrome: The object you want to draw attention to is shown in full color, but everything else is in black-and-white.

Do We Have This? I could have sworn I've seen a trope about it at some point, but I can't find it now...
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • August 12, 2013
    This is Splash Of Color.
  • August 12, 2013
    Only example I can think of offhand is the little girl in the red coat in Spielberg's Schindler's List.
  • August 12, 2013
    Film: Het meisje met het rode haar, The Girl With The Red Hair(1981), is this. The only thing in colour in the movie is Resistance heroine Hannie Schaft's red hair - everything else about grim wartime Holland is in grey. This is probably where Spielberg lifted the idea for the girl in the red coat.
  • August 13, 2013
    As K Tera pointed out above, we already have this as Splash Of Color.

    K Tera: When you point out that we already have a trope, you need to put the trope name in boldface or everyone will miss it.
  • August 16, 2013
    Definitely should be discarded as a duplicate of Splash Of Color.
  • August 16, 2013
    Although Mostly Monochrome is not a bad name; so maybe it should be a redirect to Splash Of Color?
  • August 16, 2013

    This is an obvious duplicate. Discarding this.