Staff Pick - Breathing Through a Straw

Apr 3, 2019

This dramatic short by Canadian writer/director Leigh Rivenbark, was inspired by a true story and is the subject of a forty-five year old closeted gay man named Parker, who discovers an internet craze that might provide relief to his despair. A surprising text message puts him on a path of reflection, discovery and redemption. The film won the Jury Award for a Short Film at the Canadian Film Fest in Toronto, the Best Alberta Short at the Calgary International Film Festival (Oscar-qualifying festival), and the Award of Distinction from the Canada Shorts Film Festival. The film stars Christian Lloyd (The Handmaid’s Tale and Maps to the Stars).

Leigh brought his film to LookLabs for a color grade and picture finish. "We started the grade as we usually do by creating a unique look that would complement the uneasy contextual tone of the film. We began with our DFS Kodak film stock and blended it with SpeedLooks Blue and Gold. The end result gave us that great Kodak look with hints of blue in the shadows and warmer golden highlights" stated LookLabs chief colorist Jeff August.

Check out this short grading vignette to see what the completed grade looked like.


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.




LookLabs Grading Showcase - Ha Ling Peak

Mar 20, 2019

Ha Ling Peak is a documentary from Edmonton, Alberta Canada based creative team, Sticks and Stones. Ha Ling Peak is named after a man who first climbed the famous Alberta mountain back in 1896. Through the use of interviews and historical re-enactments Sticks and Stones tells the story of how the mountain got its original name, Chinaman's Peak and, how the small town of Canmore rallied to rename the Mountain.

LookLabs created two primary looks for this feature length documentary. The first for interview sections using our DFS Kodak Luts and a mix of Gold and Blue SpeedLooks for the re-enactment scenes. Check out this vignette illusrating the final finish on this documentary.

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.




LookLabs Spotlight - SpeedLooks Clean Fuji

Mar 15, 2019

We often hear from our users that using SpeedLooks just makes their videos look some much better with just a simple click. Truth be told…they do. Especially when using our Fuji SpeedLooks in our Clean collection. As with all our looks, skin tone is the most important aspect for a great looking color finish. Check out this clip and see how SL 3500 Fuji NDR (No Dynamic Range) creates smooth and even skin tones with the true look of film - thanks to our friends at dissolve.com for providing us with stock footage from their collection of over 500,000 clips.

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.



Man Running - DFS Fuji & SpeedLooks

Mar 6, 2019

Man Running is a feature film about a doctor who is running a 24 hour marathon while struggling with his decision to assist in the death of a terminally ill teenager. Color by LookLabs and Jump Studios were brought into this project to perform the color grade, VFX shots and final finishing. The look of the movie needed to match the feel of the story. LookLabs combined it's Fuji digital film stock with SpeedLooks Blue, Gold and Green to create a dark mood echoing the flashback scenes. This look paved a trail for the viewer to experience a dreamlike state throughout the movie.

Check out the end results in this color grading vignette.


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.


Staff Pick: Overlord from JJ Abrams

Mar 1, 2019

"I recently sat down to watch JJ Abrams new film Overlord" states LookLabs colorist Jeff August. "Overlord injects a healthy dose of schlock into familiar war-movie tropes to create an entertainingly grungy hybrid. It’s a WWII movie mixed with a zombie thriller…so fun! The opening scene is absolutely thrilling!!! What makes this movie a joy to watch is the creepy color pallete pushing the color green. The scenes in the secret German lab are very creepy and unsettling. I love how a color grading can really influence the mood of the film".

If you are looking to create the look of Overloard, use the many variations of SpeedLooks Matrix. The Matrix Luts are all based around green as their primary color while preserving natural skin tones. Have fun....


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.



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