The Camera Store - Wooden Niccolls

Mar 31, 2017

Our friends at The Camera Store are once again up to having too much fun. They produce a series of videos entitled Wooden Niccolls and for each episode, they recreate a famous movie scene using non-pro cameras to see if they can achieve the original look. This time they chose a classic scene out of the 1990 American biographical crime film Goodfellas. After cutting the scene together it was sent to us at LookLabs to recreate the look. Oh, did we mention this was shot on the new Panasonic GH5…you'll love the capability of this camera, it's absolutely wonderful. For the grade we choose one of the digital film stocks from our new and soon to be released DFS product line - KODAK 5219 - to quickly dial in the look and give it a great finish.

Check out this Camera Store remake of Goodfellas.


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The PropheC Music Video - Before and After

Mar 27, 2017

Recording artist The PropheC recently stopped by our studio for a color grade and finish of his latest video Kina Chir. The video was shot on the RED EPIC under mainly natural light. When it came to grading the video we used three of our soon to be released Digital Film Stocks (DFS) LUT’s…Fuji Eterna 400t, Fuji Real 500 and Kodak 5218. The Kodak was used for daylight scenes and the Fuji stocks were used for the darker and evening scenes. One of the benefits of using our DFS LUT's to color grade, is they give you a great look immediately and are very easy to tweak to achieve your creative goal and the natural look of film.

Here's the Before and After compariosn video.


Here's the final fully graded video.



How Long Is A Piece of String - Quoting The Job!

Mar 24, 2017

“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 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...

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ICA Colorist Mixer - 2017 NAB Convention, Las Vegas

Mar 23, 2017

NAB is fast approaching and ICA (International Colorist Academy) is hosting the Colorist Mixer once again - always a great event to take in when you're attending NAB. Even bigger and better this year, the event is booked at the top of the Stratosphere Tower in the Airbar on the 108th floor - way up in the stratosphere! Event Date is Sunday April 23rd - doors open at 7:00pm. For more details on the mixer go to www.coloristmixer.com or for more information on ICA go to www.icolorist.com

Looklabs Staff Pick - Sneaky Pete

Mar 9, 2017

If you have an Amazon Prime membership you must check out their original series Sneaky Pete. A con man on the run from a vicious gangster takes cover by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete, reuniting with his estranged family, that threatens to drag him into a world just as dangerous as the one he's escaping. The first season has ten episodes and has been renewed for a second season. The show stars Giovanni Ribisi, Victor Williams and its creator Bryan Cranston along with a wonderful supporting cast.

As far as the look of this show goes…well it’s excellent. In fact most new television shows in general are looking real good nowadays. Hopefully in part due to the widespread use of SpeedLooks that are readily available in Adobe and Avid products - OK, maybe that's a bit of an overstatement but then, maybe not entirely. "To achieve the look of this show, I would recommend one of our soon to be released digital film stock LUT's - KODAK 5218 - a part of our new product offering DFS", states Chief Colorist Jeff August. "This film stock LUT gives you the instant personality of Kodak film and is a perfect starting place to grade any show of this style". When you apply a DFS LUT to your color balanced timeline, your video will instantly take on the personality of film. Working with DFS LUT's makes color grading a joy allowing the artist to focus on what’s important in the frame.

For a taste of Sneaky Pete, check out this link to the official trailer.


Visit http://looklabs.net/ to learn more about SpeedLooks and the great color finish you can easily achieve.

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