The Resolution Myth Debunked!

Aug 17, 2017

Safe to a assume that more resolution and pixels is better - or have we hit a limit the eye can see? DP Steve Yedlin argues that we are already at peak resolution.

Steve Yeldin ASC, is a top feature cinematographer and inventor. Before log recording was possible on tape, Steve created YEDLOG for the early Sony F900, a system for shooting LOG on linear cameras years before techniques like CineStyle came out. In this article and accompanying videos, he illustrates what different resolutions from different actually look like from a perceptual stand point. Will you be able to tell the difference between a 12K film scan and 3K Alexa image? Check out Steve's No Film School article and his two "must watch" videos.

http://nofilmschool.com/2017/08/yedlin-camera-reso...

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Telling A Story With Color Adds One More Dimension

Aug 10, 2017

Telling a story with moving images has been evolving so much through the years. One of the most important milestones in this journey is the progress from monochromatic to color pictures.

Telling a story with color adds one more dimension to filmmaking. Color grading is something we take for granted today, but the pioneers color filmmaking initially started by hand painting every single frame. Although it was a tedious job, it showed filmmakers the vast opportunities if they incorporated color. A step in the right direction was using filters to split the light coming from the lens into green and red hues. Combining the filtered images created an illusion of a real-world picture that was heavily lacking the blues. Technicolor expanded that idea by adding a blue channel that is the base of how our devices manage to record and project color as still or moving images. Today the pursuit is not only to perfect the process of getting an accurate color, but also to be able to capture as much extra light information as possible so it can be manipulated freely in post-production.

Film format is important, so is the digital sensor resolution, but at the end of the day all we remember is the story and the emotion evoked by the colors. Credits: Wired, Fstoppers and Tihomir Lazarov


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T2 Trainspotting Pops with Punchy Saturated Color

Aug 7, 2017

Achieving the look and personality of T2 Trainspotting is as simple as starting with one of LookLabs' Kodak digital film stocks. This film pops off the screen, colors are highly saturated yet the skin tones have been dialed down.

T2 Trainspotting is a 2017 British comedy drama film, set in and around Edinburgh, Scotland. The film is directed by Danny Boyle and written by John Hodge, based on characters created by Irvine Welsh in his novel Trainspotting (1996). "The original Trainspotting became a cult classic and is still on my all-time favorites list", states LookLabs colorist Jeff August. "One thing I love about T2 is the color and, when I say color I mean the amount of color, this film pops off the screen". Colors are highly saturated yet the skin tones have been dialed down. It is a refreshing watch considering a lot of movies are going for more of a de-saturated HDR finish - good or bad.

So how do you achieve this look when grading your project? "I would suggest starting with our Kodak film stocks that are included in our new DFS Digital Film Stock product, this will give you a nice starting base with punchy colors". The DFS bundle includes 19 LUTs that perfectly emulate the most popular Kodak and Fuji film stocks. DFS comes in both REC.709 and LOG video formats and all SpeedLooks camera patches work with today's most popular digital cinema and mirror-less cameras. You can purchase the DFS Complete Bundle at the introductory price of just $129. With your purchase, you will receive KODAK 5201, 5205, 5212, 5217, 5218, 5219, 5222, 5229, 5231, 5245M, 5299 and SFX 200T and FUJI ETERNA 250D, 250T, 400T, 500T, REALA 500D, F-125 and F-64D.

Check out the official trailer for T2 Trainspotting to view the look that you can achieve with DFS. from LookLabs.


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Creating the Ozark Look with SpeedLooks and DFS

Aug 1, 2017

This new original series from Netflix has a very uneasy look and feel to it, enhanced through the infusion of a narrative look based on the color green. To create this feel, look no further than SpeedLooks and DFS starting with one of our Fuji digital film stocks and blending in SpeedLooks Matrix Green.

Ozark is a new series starring Jason Bateman just released late last month on Netflix. Bateman portrays financial planner Marty Byrde with Laura Linney playing his wife Wendy, who suddenly relocates from a Chicago suburb to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. After a money laundering scheme goes wrong, Marty must pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord.

"I'm half way through the season and am really liking where it's going - a dark story with real relate-able characters and a look that is very unsettling" states LookLabs chief colorist Jeff August. "To enhance the mood of the show, they have given it a consistent narrative look that is based on the color green. I like it because it gives the show a unique and uneasy feel. If you are wanting to create this feel, look no further than SpeedLooks and DFS LUTs. I would start with using one of our Fuji LUTs from our DFS collection at about 30% and then add our SpeedLooks Matrix Green at 30%. From there it’s just a few tweaks away from getting the Ozark look. One thing you will notice with our LUTs is this new look that you just created can be applied to an entire timeline and it will simply work with properly exposed shots".

The DFS bundle includes 19 LUTs that perfectly emulate the most popular Kodak and Fuji film stocks. DFS comes in both REC.709 and LOG video formats and all SpeedLooks camera patches work with today's most popular digital cinema and mirror-less cameras. You can purchase the DFS Complete Bundle at the introductory price of just $129. With your purchase, you will receive KODAK 5201, 5205, 5212, 5217, 5218, 5219, 5222, 5229, 5231, 5245M, 5299 and SFX 200T and FUJI ETERNA 250D, 250T, 400T, 500T, REALA 500D, F-125 and F-64D.

SpeedLooks Complete includes our 6 main narrative categories and all variants; Clean, Big, Blue, Gold, Matrix and Artistic. In total, you get over 50 variants for one low price of $99. Complete includes all previous releases of SpeedLooks Linear and LOG as well as all camera patches for LOG video workflows. Our Linear SpeedLooks LUTs are a simple and easy way to create beautiful filmic images using one LUT. Designed for quick color correction, these LUTs work on all REC.709 footage. Our LOG LUTs provide a comprehensive two LUT process to color grading using our intermediate VS-LOG combined with our exclusive camera patch technology. Perfect for anyone working with LOG footage, SpeedLooks Complete works in all editing and color correction software that supports LUTs.

Check out this Ozark trailer to view the look that you can achieve with SpeedLooks and DFS.

Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world … again. Find out more at looklabs.net/

DFS from Color by LookLabs: Explained

Jul 26, 2017

Personality, character, feel, beauty … all words we use to describe the unique look of film. LookLabs' color correction technology, first with SpeedLooks and NOW with DFS, has revolutionized the industry by bringing the unique look of film to digital projects.

DFS (Digital Film Stock) LUTs from Color by LookLabs are a result of three years of research and development, they accurately map the beautiful colors of the most popular film stocks for all digital cameras. DFS comes in both Linear (REC 709) and LOG formats. You even have the flexibility of using them on-set to pre-visualize your intended look. All LookLabs camera patches are included to perfectly match your LOG footage. The DFS bundle includes 19 LUTs that perfectly emulate the most popular Kodak and Fuji film stocks. DFS comes in both REC.709 and LOG video formats and all SpeedLooks camera patches work with today's most popular digital cinema and mirror-less cameras. DFS even makes your Android videos look like film!

Regularly priced at $169, you can now purchase the DFS Complete Bundle at the introductory price of just $129. With your purchase, you will receive the following film stocks:

KODAK 5201, 5205, 5212, 5217, 5218, 5219, 5222, 5229, 5231, 5245M, 5299 and SFX 200T

FUJI ETERNA 250D, 250T, 400T, 500T, REALA 500D, F-125 and F-64D

DFS, SpeedLooks and our camera patches offer a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. To learn more about DFS and how you can make your digital projects look more filmic, watch our "DFS Explained" video.


Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world … again. Find out more at looklabs.net/

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