The Power of Colors in Filmmaking

Oct 19, 2019

No, this is not an article regarding color grading. The goal here is not to transform you into a colorist nor a DaVinci Resolve specialist. Although this article aims to junior filmmakers and beginners, I am sure it will be beneficial to every content creator.

We are experiencing the digital cinema age, which means we are surrounded by affordable cinema cameras that deliver sophisticated codecs and output. Therefore, it is essential to recognize some fundamental methodologies regarding colors. Nowadays, almost every camera manufacturer is allowing us to grade their footage. RAW is not rare anymore, but a ubiquitous codec. The Log-X alternatives are also very robust in terms of color-ability in post, which means you can take almost any footage and manipulate its colors.

Here's the full article from Y.M. Cinema Magazine and author Yossy Mendelovich - it's well worth the read! https://ymcinema.com/2019/10/15/color-wheel-a-film...

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.





Color Grading the Small Town Queer

Oct 14, 2019

Being queer in a small town can be tough but, you’re not alone. Snapshot Studios, producers of the original documentary series "Small Town Queer", tell the stories of individuals living in small towns and the challenges they face as members of the LGBTQ community.

Snapshot Studios approached Color by LookLabs to bring these stories to life through the color grade. By blending a combination of digital film stock Kodak 5201 and SpeedLooks Clean, matching footage from FS7 and A7S cameras, the result was a totally natural and beautiful clean look.

Take a look at 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 and all with the click of a button.



Colorist Profile - Nick Zacharkiw

Sep 29, 2019

"I love shaping the image to give it focus. By increasing or removing detail I can lead the viewer’s eyes. You don’t want something distracting in the background taking away from the foreground. I lean towards the green-blue and yellow tones with a dark contrasted look, where shadows and light give definition. I use SpeedLooks because not only am I a colorist, but an editor, designer and compositor as well. It speeds up my workflow through all these different applications and allows me to use my time more efficiently".

Check out Nick's colorist reel for insight into his love for color finishing.


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.



The Visual Personality of The Northlander

Sep 22, 2019

The Northlander was color graded by LookLabs using several variants of SpeedLooks in combination with one of our DFS film stocks. Director Benjamin Ross Hayden was super pleased when we showed him the looks created by our LUT’s. The film's base look was created using FUJI ETERNA 250T DFS. We then finished several scenes infusing visual personality by adding color accents to the high-lights and low-lights…the end result was amazing.

DFS from Color by LookLabs, is a series of film emulation LUT's that cover the most popular Kodak and Fuji stocks, optimized for today's digital cameras and for use with LOG and Linear (rec709) video.


Visit looklabs.net to learn more about SpeedLooks and the professional color finish you 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.



Codex Keys Color Grading Control Panel

Sep 21, 2019

If you need a new control surface, Codex Keys is a strong contender. First and foremost, the build quality is absolutely stunning. Hefty in weight and solid in build, this is machined metal and feels closer to pounding away on a JL Cooper or a Resolve Advanced Panel than it does hitting a plasticky prosumer panel in a similar price range. For size reference, the Keys is about the same footage as the Avid Artist Color.

Connectivity is a single USB-C cable. Once the Codex driver was installed and running, Premiere connected to the panel and no additional configuration was required. The panel features rotary encoders as well as + and - keys for each channel. In most color tools these are interchangeable with both input methods active by default.

Check out the full RedShark News article here: https://www.redsharknews.com/post/item/6606-if-you...

Or, for more information on Codex ColorSynth color grading plug-in, check out this article from Studio Daily: https://www.studiodaily.com/2018/08/review-codex-c...

Visit looklabs.net to learn more about SpeedLooks and the professional color finish you 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.




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