When we do formal stuff like exhibitions or greeting esteemed guests the
class wears silks of their choosing. Color and pattern choices by people
with autism are a bit unusual for lack of a better word.
There are two challenges when it comes to footwear: we’ll assume the
pant length is adjusted so at least a little of the sock is visible. That way one can
clearly mark the ankle’s location. Then we have the problem of the shoe’s
color. It turns out that cameras don’t really like white or black, and white
socks with white shoes is asking for trouble. Black shoes against black
pants isn’t great either. We have come to favor a band of material on the
cuffs of the pants and even a stripe of material down the outside seam
(gall bladder meridian). I am informed that a second vertical stripe down
the inside of the leg (spleen meridian) with another color would make automated video analysis easier. So if you are wearing a top with white cuffs, collar and frogs then the pants horizontal (cuff) and outer vertical stripes would be white also – inner vertical stripe could be gray or cyan or yellow.
Then we introduced chromakey backgrounds. I am not persuaded yet
it was such a good idea – the lights are bright, hot and an ongoing hassle to
get located well. Black anything (pants or shoes) doesn’t really look good against chromakey green or red or blue, so the stripes help. We were disappointed to discover that contrasting logos on the shoes, especially black shoes, make the images worse.
If you recall the old pre-Nike days when black Adidas shoes with three white stripes ruled the world, it turns out that Adidas had a good idea as far as what
cameras like to see. Our lead cinematographer is a little concerned about the
shininess of silver shoes (see below – same applies to gold) and red at one time
denoted a master, so we may be headed toward blue (!) or yellow (!!) shoes.
For the record, I have drawn a line, and am NOT accessorizing with matching sword grips or color-coordinated makeup.