Color Grading Animated Short Film - Skin for Skin

Aug 3, 2018

A dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning, "Skin for Skin" is set during the early days of the North American fur trade. In 1823, the governor of the largest fur-trading company in the world travels across his dominion, extracting ever-greater riches from the winter bounty of animal furs. In his brutal world of profit and loss, animals are slaughtered to the brink of extinction. But one day, the balance of power shifts, and the forces of nature exact their own terrible price.

The National Film Board of Canada, in association with Fifteen Pound Pink Productions, came to LookLabs for the color grade on this animated short film. Finishing was completed with a blend of SpeedLooks and DFS to give it an incredibly beautiful and consistent color narrative and film like look.

Directors Carol Beecher & Kevin Kurytnik have created a visually stunning contemporary myth about the cost of arrogance and greed.Produced by Bonnie Thompson (NFB) and Carol Beecher (Fifteen Pound Pink Productions). Executive produced by David Christensen (NFB). "Skin for Skin" has won several film festival awards including the Grand Jury Award Best Short Film at the Edmonton International Film Festival and Best Overall Short at the Calgary International Film Festival. Big news as both festivals are Oscar qualifying.

Check out this grading vignette to see the end result.....


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. Find out more at looklabs.net/



2 Fresh Fusion Tutorials in Davinci Resolve

Jul 19, 2018

Davinci Resolve 15 has once again upped its game and introduced a bunch of new features. One of those is the inclusion of Fusion which is a full blown node compositor. The ability to composite professionally is a career unto itself. Having this tool-set seemly dropped into Resolve's workflow is a huge deal and helps artists stay in one app instead of bouncing back and forth between several apps. Check out these two quick and very informative tutorials by JayAreTV and Casey Faris… they just may may spark some ideas.



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. Find out more at looklabs.net/

Just How Long is a Piece of String - Quoting the Job

Jul 16, 2018

“How long will it take to grade my film?” It's a question asked all the time, so what are the standard replies? Obviously, every movie or music video is different so a ballpark estimate is generally the best you can offer your client without seeing the footage. Things that will affect the time frame include conforming, VFX shots not finished, picture cut not locked, number of cuts in the show, a director that wants to experiment! Nine out of ten times you will need to give a rough estimate before seeing a rough cut.

Check out this helpful article (Re-post from March, 2017) written by ICA colorist Warren Eagles - he offers some sage advice on how to determine what's fair for the job - much like answering the question - "How Long Is A Piece of String"? http://icolorist.com/how-long-will-it-take-to-grad...

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. Find out more at looklabs.net/

LookLabs Staff Pick - Safe from Netflix

Jun 9, 2018

"One of my favorite actors Michael C. Hall of Dexter fame stars in a new Netflix mini-series, Safe”, states LookLabs' colorist Jeff August. Safe focuses on Englishman Tom Delaney (Hall), a pediatric surgeon and widowed father of two teenage daughters. He is struggling to connect to his daughters as they still grieve the loss of his wife from cancer one year prior. After his 16-year-old daughter Jenny goes missing, Tom ends up uncovering a web of secrets as he frantically searches for her. Safe is an eight episode series and is definitely binge worthy. It almost feels like a soap opera that looks like a movie. "Speaking of the look…I loved it. I find a lot of new shows shot digitally are afraid of dark scenes with high contrast and punchy colors. Safe has all off these aspects going for it which gives it a truly filmic look".

To achieve this look, start with any of the LookLabs DFS Kodak LUT’s - don't hesitate to play with them all, each has its own distinct character and personality. "To all you colorists out there…don’t be afraid of deep blacks and high contrast in your grade…you will love the look".

Check out the Safe trailer and see what the look of Kodak can achieve.


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. Find out more at looklabs.net/

LookLabs Staff Pick - ANON from Netflix

May 25, 2018

Netflix is at it again with a very “cool” looking Sci-Fi offering - Anon. Set in the "near" future, private memories are recorded and crime has almost ceased to exist. But in trying to solve a series of murders, troubled detective Sal Frieland (Clive Owen) stumbles upon a young woman known only as "The Girl", portrayed by Amanda Seyfried. She has no identity, no history and is invisible to the police. Sal realizes this may not be the end of crime, and it could be the beginning of it.

The overall look and art direction of Anon is very minimalist and desaturated. Every scene has a cool blue feeling that adds to the sci-fi futuristic feel of the film. To achieve this style look no further than SpeedLooks Blue. You probably want to keep the intensity of the SpeedLooks LUT to about 20%. This will give you the overall hint of blue without going too far.

Check out the film then try to recreate the look with SpeedLooks….you'll be amazed just how fast you can achieve the Anon look.


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. Find out more at looklabs.net/

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