LookLabs Staff Pick - The Joker Revisted

Jul 16, 2020

"With extra time on my hands these days to watch movies, I just re-watched The Joker in 4K HDR and wow…the color palette and overall look make such an impact on this emotional movie" states LookLabs Colorist Jeff August.

Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks -- the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

The story is wonderfully twisted and intriguing and the emotional look really adds to the dark tone of the movie. The movie embraces color but remains a dark moody feel. Joker lives in a world of blue, green and gold combined with the punchy color of a Michael Bay movie. All this is done without over-saturating the final scene. This is a great recipe for a unique and powerful look.

"SpeedLooks is the perfect tool for creating all the looks in Joker especially when you start combining multiple SpeedLooks. If you want to experiment, I suggest combing Blue, Matrix, Gold, and Big to make your unique recipe." states August. Check out these six frames from the movie to see the huge variance of looks used in the final color grade.


Here's the trailer for The Joker - the look is really remarkable.


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