LookLabs Staff Pick - The Handmaid's Tale

Jul 24, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale is a 1985 dystopian novel by acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood which has now been turned into an original Hulu miniseries. Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. The story is very dark but the look of the series is beautifully colored and photographed. The dark tones are filled with blue and green accents whereas the highlights are consistently warm. Most importantly, the skin tones look completely natural and highly filmic.

If you are trying to achieve this feel, look no further than our FUJI LUT’s that are included in our new product DFS - Digital Film Stock. Fuji film is known for its cooler blacks and warmer highlights making our DFS LUT’s a natural and great starting place. DFS LUTs from Color by LookLabs are a result of three years of research and development, they accurately map the beautiful colors of the most popular film stocks for all digital cameras. DFS comes in both Linear (REC 709) and LOG formats. You even have the flexibility of using them on-set to previsualize your look. All LookLabs camera patches are included to perfectly match your LOG footage. The DFS bundle includes 19 LUTs that perfectly emulate the most popular Kodak and Fuji film stocks. DFS comes in both REC.709 and LOG video formats and all SpeedLooks camera patches work with today's most popular digital cinema and mirror-less cameras. DFS even makes your Android videos look like film!

Regularly priced at $169, you can now purchase the DFS Complete Bundle at the introductory price of just $129. With your purchase, you will receive the following film stocks:

KODAK 5201, 5205, 5212, 5217, 5218, 5219, 5222, 5229, 5231, 5245M, 5299 and SFX 200T

FUJI ETERNA 250D, 250T, 400T, 500T, REALA 500D, F-125 and F-64D

DFS, SpeedLooks and camera patches offer a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. Color by LookLabs … revolutionizing the digital production world … again. Find out more at looklabs.net

Check out this Handmaid's Tale trailer and see for yourself some great color grading work.

Why Don’t Colorists Get Credits in Movies and TV?

Jul 22, 2017

So why don't they - it’s probably fair to say that most people have no idea what a colorist is or how important the position. It’s the colorist’s job to be certain that all the colors in each shot, from scene to scene, are balanced. Colorists also provide creative, original ideas and solutions for their clients, it's their job to interpret their clients’ ideas.

Colorists make certain that every shot in each sequence matches; with no single shot appearing as if it doesn’t belong with the rest. They watch for color differences and correct them. They are responsible for making sure there is consistency for the entire production. It’s an important role because filming often includes varied day or night environment and different cameras used. The colorist creates the overall final appearance of a film, giving the film it’s unique style.

During production, they may solve problems such as correcting over or under exposures. Their job includes documenting, reporting and filing information concerning their corrections and any problems which they solved. They must save their work following standard guidelines, and make it available to the Producer. They often work with Project Managers, and must accurately report their work to them, as well. The colorist’s job is often referred to as color grading. The process is used for film, still or video images. The images may be altered, corrected or enhanced digitally, electronically or photo-chemically. The colorist may also generate artistic effects using color, often transforming a film completely.

To read the full article by Nat Burman, click on this link: https://www.tvovermind.com/movies/dont-colorists-g...

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LookLabs Staff Pick - Skydance's "Life"

Jul 14, 2017

All of us at LookLabs love Sci-Fi movies and television shows - one reason is, it allows colorists to be highly creative in defining environments and moods that can drive the narrative and capture an audience's emotional side.

In Skydance's new Sci-Fi release Life, astronauts (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds) aboard the International Space Station, are on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history - the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As members of the crew conduct their research, the rapidly evolving life-form proves far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined.

"The look of this movie is complex and varying with four major color pallets. To achieve these looks I would suggest SpeedLooks Blue and Matrix and for the cleaner scenes, I would use the Fuji stocks in our new DFS Complete bundle" says LookLabs lead colorist and cinematographer Jerome Sabourin. "If you're new to working with LUT’s here's a tip to help you with your workflow - once you apply any LUT you can easily adjust its strength by simply adjusting it's transparency, it will give you full control of the look".

To learn more about DFS and SpeedLooks, visit looklabs.net/ to see how easily you can achieve a great color finish on your next project

Video Essay - Mad Max Color by Numbers

Jul 13, 2017

George Miller’s Oscar-winning Mad Max: Fury Road is on its way to becoming one of the most deconstructed movies of all time, we've posted at least two previous articles on this blog. Every month there appears to be a new application of the action movie or video essay breaking down one of its pitch perfect visual elements as reported in IndieWire. LookLabs lead colorist Jeff August says "when going for a distinct artistic look, your color palette is everything. This essay is great from the perspective of visually representing what you see with numbers - as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words." Check out this new video essay from Fandor and find out how the color grading was done in Miller’s endlessly thrilling dysoptic road movie.

To learn more about DFS and SpeedLooks, visit looklabs.net/ to see how easily you can achieve a great color finish on your next project

LookLabs Staff Pick - Twin Peaks, Season 3

Jul 10, 2017

FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) returns to Twin Peaks 25 years later for the 18-episode season, directed solely by David Lynch. This series is all David Lynch and if you like his work…you will love this show. The photography is amazing with tons of unusual angles to make the viewer feel uncomfortable. The look of the show is all about film - the colors and the grading gives the series the classic look and feel of film.

To achieve this look is very easy when using our new set of LUT’s DFS Digital Film Stock. "I would start to play with the various Kodak stocks, we have 12 to choose from, I'm sure you'll quickly find the look you’re after", states LookLabs Lead Colorist Jeff August. "DFS instantly gives you the natural look of film and the most flexible set of LUT’s on the market, our bundle includes 19 LUTs that perfectly emulate the most popular Kodak and Fuji film stocks". DFS comes in both REC. 709 and LOG video formats and all SpeedLook camera patches work with today’s most popular digital cinema and mirrorless cameras.

Check out the trailer for Season 3 - Twin Peaks.

To learn more about DFS and SpeedLooks, visit looklabs.net/ to see how easily you can achieve a great color finish on your next project