LookLabs Staff Pick - Anthropoid

May 25, 2017

ANTHROPOID is based on the extraordinary true story of "Operation Anthropoid," the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives' mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich's third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock down, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever.

Visually this movie stunningly captures the look and feel of war torn Europe 1941. The movie has a very distinct and authentic look - we can't say enough about the emotional realism. Gold tones and desaturated colors creates a tense and dramatic feel throughout. SpeedLooks Gold Tobacco will give you this look immediately. Gold Tobacco will give you that very soft vintage look you are going for while at the same time separating the skin tones to create a very natural look.

To gain a better sense of the look of Anthropoid, check out the official trailer.

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Coming Soon - DFS by LookLabs

May 10, 2017

Our friends at Digital Design Group have been up to their creative goodness once again. This dramatic short is another camera test/art piece and the pictures are amazing. They gave it to us to grade and utilize our new upcoming looks DFS - Digital Film Stock. We chose to use DFS KODAK 5231 as the base look for this piece. We gave it an HDR finish which allows us to maintain all the detail in the blacks and whites. The end result turned out amazing…you be the judge. Thanks to DDG for the great pictures and allowing us to give this test a cinematic finish.

DFS will change how you color grade forever - DFS are the world’s most accurate motion picture film emulations that are designed to work with today’s digital cinema cameras. When you apply a DFS LUT to your color balanced timeline, your video will instantly take on the personality and character of film. Working with DFS LUTs makes color grading a joy, allowing you to focus on what’s important in the frame. Stay tuned for further announcements of our new DFS product line.

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LookLabs Staff Pick - Patriots Day

Apr 24, 2017

Tragedy strikes on April 15, 2013 when two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon. In the aftermath of the attack, police Sgt. Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon) and Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) join courageous survivors, first responders and other investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the suspects and bring them to justice. "I saw this movie at a theatre and was glad I did, I lost myself watching on the big screen with it’s incredible sound and gritty filmic look. It is an excellent movie and I highly suggest it to everyone" states LookLabs chief colorist Jeff August.

"Patriots Day definitely has a consistent HDR film look with lots of beautiful details in the highlights and milky blacks. Our soon to be released new product, DFS (Digital Film Stock), would be the go to set of LUTs to achieve this look instantly. DFS includes the most popular Kodak and Fuji film stocks used today and in the past. DFS works with all digital cameras making it the most flexible LUT package on the market." Watch for a release date soon.

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The History of the RGB Color Model

Apr 13, 2017

The RGB color model is an additive color model in which red, green and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors. The name of the model comes from the initials of the three additive primary colors, red, green and blue.

The main purpose of the RGB color model is for the sensing, representation and display of images in electronic systems, such as televisions and computers, though it has also been used in conventional photography. Before the electronic age, the RGB color model already had a solid theory behind it, based in the human perception of colors.

RGB is a device-dependent color model: different devices detect or reproduce a given RGB value differently, since the color elements and their response to the individual R, G and B levels vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, or even in the same device over time. Thus an RGB value does not define the same color across devices without some kind of color management process.

Typical RGB input devices are color televisions, image scanners, video games and digital cameras. Typical RGB output devices are television sets of various technologies such as CRT, OLED, LCD, plasma and mobile phone displays to name a few. Color printers on the other hand are not RGB devices, but subtractive color devices - typically the CMYK color model.

Understanding the history of the RGB color model is important to grading artists in the finishing of images and how the audience for their work perceives color. This technical paper written by Andreas Brinck and posted on the Gamasutra website, can be a slow read and at times difficult to follow, but nonetheless worth your time to gain some insight into color. Here's the link to the article: http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/AndreasBrinck/20161...

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Looklabs Staff Pick - The 100

Apr 11, 2017

Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. The fourth season of the CW Television Network’s sci-fi hit show is now on and half way through the season. When it comes to the look of the show…well, it looks amazing and there are a vast number of different color palettes used throughout. "If I were grading this show I would start by using SpeedLooks Blue and Matrix." says LookLabs chief colorist Jeff August. "The Matrix look is the most dominant look (used in exteriors) and gives the show a nice post-apocalyptic feel. The interiors rely on a blue feel with warmer skin tones… SpeedLooks Blue will easily get you this look and feel.

If you like Sci-fi, be sure to put this on your watch list, the season concludes later this month but is also available anytime on Netflix - check out the Season 4 trailer.

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