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color-grading About colour grading in different emotions

I wanna know about colour grading.
My story contains a scene, where the character goes weakened. Like a failure.
But what kind of colour grading should I use to indicate his emotions and state?
Black is not suitable in this . Other than black.
You don't say whether this scene is the climax of the film or just one scene on the character's journey, but I'm not sure colour grading (alone) is really what you need. To a certain extent the character's emotion at this point should probably have been established by on-set lighting and choice of lens/camera angle. The first scenes that come to my mind where a character loses all hope are (to the best of my recollection) all based on the whatever colour palette is used for that location throughout the movie.

Assuming you're working with footage that can't/won't be re-shot, I suppose you could go for a mild desaturation, perhaps even a progressive desaturation as the scene unfolds. If you have the necessary software/skills to apply this only to the character, leaving the rest of the scene more or less unchanged, that could be effective. Even more so if you can selectively desaturate the warm and "hopeful" tones of yellow and orange.
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Think of lighting BEFORE color grading. The lighting on set. You can set moods with lighting and still grade your film consistently. So if your film, for example, has a blue tone throughout, or is washed out, or grainy, you can still show anger with red on set, etc.