The 70's - Romatic Reds and Soulful Blues

Jan 10, 2019

While TV dramas continue to look like they were lit by a sponge, 2018 gave us a wealth of beautiful film images like Roma’s black-and-white treatment while The Favourite introduced a whole new generation to the wonders of wide-angle lenses. But few recent movies have gotten as much out of the entire color spectrum as Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk. Every frame of the film is a feast of gorgeous shades, as Jenkins and cinematographer James Laxton conjure a vision of ’70s New York filled with rich greens, romantic reds, soulful blues, and eye-popping yellows.

Check out this wonderful article by Nate Jones on vulture.com, “How Beale Street Got Those Eye-popping Color” for his thoughts on this film and color-theory… https://www.vulture.com/2019/01/if-beale-street-co...

View the trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk to see the vision of Barry Jenkins and James Laxton.


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How To Become A Colorist, Read On....

Dec 31, 2018

"I’ve been professionally color grading for over a decade, but I knew that I wanted to be a colorist after I watched a making-of documentary for the Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, back in 2002. There was a segment about Peter Doyle, who was the senior colorist on all of the Lord of the Rings films. I remember there was a scene in the mines of Moria, and Peter was color grading Legolas’ eyes, to make them look more blue. He tracked the eyes as Legolas jumped off Balin’s tomb, and I remember being absolutely amazed by it and just thinking to myself that that’s what I wanted to do. So I did some digging and found Peter’s email address and contacted him. Amazingly, not only did he reply, he actually offered me a job as his color assistant on the Return of the King!"

For the complete interview with Ollie Kenchinton by Bato Prosic from Cinema5d.com, click on this link: https://www.cinema5d.com/how-to-become-a-colorist-...,

FS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time, all with the click of a button. Go to looklabs.net to learn more.

From Netflix, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Dec 26, 2018

If you like the Coen Brothers work you will love the latest addition to Netflix. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an American western anthology film written, directed, and produced by the Coen brothers. It’s made of various shorts that range from quirky, funny to strange and unsettling. What struck me in watching was that each of the shorts had unique looks but maintained a classic western pallet.

"SpeedLooks will easily allow you to achieve all of these looks easily and quickly. I would start by trying Gold Western or Gold Tobacco to give you the warm base" states LookLabs' lead colorist Jeff August. "Some of the darker shorts had a more green cast for winter scenes. In this case I would use Matrix/Blue. Don’t forget that you rarely want to use a SpeedLooks at full opacity, adjusting the opacity of the LUTs will allow you to dial in the look you are going after."

Check out the official Netflix trailer for a quick see on the looks for this series.

DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time, all with the click of a button. Go to looklabs.net to learn more.

Learning Monitor Calibration is Simple - Really!

Dec 20, 2018

Why calibrate? When you deal with spreadsheets or documents on your workstation, it's OK that your monitor isn't properly calibrated. It's just text. However, when you're an illustrator, a photographer, or a video colorist, proper color calibration of your monitor is imperative. You wouldn't want your photo prints or video submission to not have its blues or reds properly displayed.

With today's on-the-go workflow, it's not unusual for a content creator to spend time on multiple monitors or multiple computers trying to finish a project. These monitors should be calibrated. If you're working on your cinema display in the morning but decide to finish on your laptop at the coffee house in the afternoon, make sure the colors are matched. Resolution is important, but color tones matter more.

So what calibration tools should you use and, what are the steps and how can I learn to do this myself? Check out this techrepublic.com article by Ant Pruitt and see how quickly you can master the calibration process… https://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-you-shoul...

DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time, all with the click of a button. Go to looklabs.net to learn more.

Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Simplifies Working in HDR

Dec 5, 2018

The release of FCPX 10.4 adds a lot of functionality and allows for smarter workflows when mastering in HDR. Version 10.4 supports most popular HDR formats, including Rec. 2020 Hybrid Log Gamma and Rec. 2020 HDR10.

With this new update Final Cut Pro gains access to an expanded range of brightness levels so that editors can output video to HDR monitors using I/O devices from AJA and Blackmagic with brightness levels up to 10,000 nits. The new color grading tools support both HDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video, and with tone mapping, users can easily change HDR to SDR output for broadcast.

Check out the full News Shooter article from Matthew Allard: https://www.newsshooter.com/2017/12/18/final-cut-p...


DFS, SpeedLooks and our intermediate VS-LOG process combined with our exclusive camera patch technology offers a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world… one image at a time and all with the click of a button.

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