Combining a Digital Film Stock With a Narrative Look

Jan 14, 2021

When Numera Films brought their comedy/fantasy web series Abracadavers to Color by LookLabs for final grading, we knew we had signed up for some serious fun. The plot follows lead character Chris, who recently lost his mother in a hair salon chair accident. While some might keep a simple reminder, like a picture, Chris can’t seem to fight his obsessive-compulsive disorder to keep the hair salon chair that killed his mother.

The comedic tone of the series was accented by a unique color palette and overall punchy, vibrant look. Under the watchful eye of director Morgan Ermter, we combined LookLabs DFS Fuji and SpeedLooks Big to create something new and unique … just like Abracadavers!

Check out this grading vignette for a "look-see" of what we created for a this web series.


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. Visit looklabs.net to learn more.



Holding Primary Colors While Infusing Personality

Jan 7, 2021

The SpeedLooks Clean collection of looks are great "go-to" LUT's and the perfect starting point when your goal is to add personality to your footage without dramatically changing primary colors. SpeedLooks Clean is ideal for use on commercials where the product colors need to be natural and precise. Clean is an easy way to give your footage the personality of film with the complete control you need when color grading in the studio.

SpeedLooks SL-3500 Clean comes in 5 main variants with four in HDR, LDR and NDR dynamic range versions. The main variants are Clean Fuji, Clean Kodak, Clean Straight, Clean Neutral Start and Clean Punch. In total you have twenty-one variants to choose from.

Check out this narrative sampler and see what we mean.


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.



Controlling Consistent Skin Tones With SpeedLooks

Dec 30, 2020

"I just finished watching the first two seasons of Altered Carbon on Netflix and was amazed at the look and feel of this series. I would suggest watching it in HDR if at all possible." states Jeff August, Chief LookLabs Colorist. Unlike a lot of series in HDR, Altered Carbon has a very consistent high contrast look and feel, yet there is plenty of details in the very darkest blacks. One thing to note about this series is the consistency of skin tones. They are generally darker, warmer and full of saturation. This can be difficult to do with the huge number of looks they use in this sci-fi series.

Re-creating the looks of the show is made easy when using our SpeedLooks narrative LUT's. But how do you control the skin tones? "LookLabs' Look Designer, Jerome Sabourin spent endless hours creating the smoothest artifact-free color curves as possible. SpeedLooks LUT's were deigned for colorists to still isolate skin tones, correct them with ease while not fighting the LUT and not creating dreaded color artifacts" says August.

SpeedLooks are a great tool to quickly start visualizing and experimenting with potential color palettes without being a professional colorist…have fun and check out this Netflix teaser for Altered Carbon.


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. Visit looklabs.net to learn more.





Conversation Series - What are SpeedLooks

Dec 23, 2020

SpeedLooks Linear LUT's are a simple way to create beautiful filmic images using a single LUT. Designed for quick color correction, these LUT's work on all REC. 709 footage. Our LOG LUT's provide a comprehensive 2-LUT process to color grading using our intermediate VS-LOG combined with our exclusive camera patch technology. Perfect for anyone working with LOG footage, SpeedLooks Complete works in all editing and color correction software that support LUTs.

LookLabs Chief Colorist Jeff August talks about SpeedLooks - how they work and why they are so different from other preset plugins.


For more information on SpeedLooks, check out our explainer 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.



The Queen's Gambit - The Use of Complementary Colors

Dec 19, 2020

The Queen’s Gambit has lots of beautiful patterns from the 1950s and 1960s which add to the mood and to the beauty of every frame. But the lighting, décor, props, and clothes: they’re often great examples of the use of complementary colors. For example, the use of green dresses or backgrounds in contrast with Beth’s red hair is something you’ll see a lot in the series. The use of color palette in color grading is another thing to pay attention to, Martin Kininsky gives some great examples in his video of how complementary colors help set the mood perfectly.

See how Martin guides you through the brilliant use of complementary colors in The Queen’s Gambit.:


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. Visit looklabs.net to learn more.



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