The text/the screen/the space is green – #00FF00. Color acts as a visual code to develop a parallel association between the simulated reality of the Matrix, what Neo (in this scenes) just recognizes as RL, and the computer code used to create it. The green can be considered a semantic code (SEM) with its particular denotation being derived from the additional context of the scene (it’s interaction with the layering of screens and computer code as space). It is a reference (REF) also to the color of text on the black screens of 90s computers before “the advent of Windows and word-processing processing programs that used black-on-white color schemes to make the computer world look more like the ‘real’ world of paper and ink.” The coloring of the entire scene (either through the use of green lighting or in post-production) develops a seamless transition between the screen and the ‘‘‘‘real’’’. It infiltrates the images from wide-angles to extreme close-ups,
those inside Neo’s apartment and those outside his door.
The space, like the inside of the computer is green. Green is the code.