Just How Long is a Piece of String - Quoting the Job

Feb 21, 2020

“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 (Re-post from March, 2017) written by ICA freelance 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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The Character and Personality of Fuji Eterna400T

Feb 18, 2020

Introduced in March 2005, Fuji Eterna400T is a low contrast film with rich blacks offering enhanced shadow detail, expanded exposure range, super rich colors and exceptionally fine grain.One outstanding feature is its smooth tonality for reproducing natural attractive skin tones.

Films shot on Fuji Eterna400T include; Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 2010, The Awakening 2011, A Good Day to Die Hard 2013, Valkyrie 2008 and television series House M.D. 2004 to name a few.Fuji discontinued the 400T stock in June of 2011, but Hollywood continued to shoot feature films on existing stock through to 2013.

Check out the beauty of Eterna400T in this mini DFS sampler video.


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.






How to Calibrate Your Grading Monitors

Feb 5, 2020

As a followup to two recent posts on choosing a color grading monitor, this previously posted article is a great follow-up on why to calibrate. So, here's why. When you deal with spreadsheets or documents on your workstation, it's OK that your monitor isn't properly calibrated. It's just text. However, when you're an illustrator, a photographer, or a video colorist, proper color calibration of your monitor is imperative. You wouldn't want your photo prints or video submission to not have its blues or reds properly displayed.

With today's on-the-go workflow, it's not unusual for a content creator to spend time on multiple monitors or multiple computers trying to finish a project. These monitors should be calibrated. If you're working on your cinema display in the morning but decide to finish on your laptop at the coffee house in the afternoon, make sure the colors are matched. Resolution is important, but color tones matter more.

So what calibration tools should you use and, what are the steps and how can I learn to do this myself? Check out this techrepublic.com article by Ant Pruitt and see how quickly you can master the calibration process: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-you-shoul...

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Pro Tips to Expand Your Color Grading Skills

Feb 3, 2020

Color grading is still a mystery for many and it's no secret there’s a huge knowledge gap in dealing with color in post-production. Very often, it’s only an afterthought, but it’s clear that coloring a film in the correct or fitting way is as important to the final result as selecting the right lighting while shooting. The multitude of cameras and video file formats out there give filmmakers around the world a lot of choices these days when it comes to the selection of their working gear. It also makes a lot of things more complicated. Footage from different cameras looks very different and needs to be treated differently to get the best results. Then there’s also the mixture of 8-bit, 10-bit and 12-bit material that we are constantly dealing with, with the majority of people certainly shooting in 8-bit which originally was never meant to be graded. Mixing different cameras on shoots has really become the norm, but making them really look alike is still a huge challenge for many.

Check out this video produced by Ollie Kenchington and Cinema 5D where he shares eight pro tips to help you expand your color grading skills.


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LookLabs Staff Pick - 6 Underground

Jan 31, 2020

Micheal Bay is back with another blockbuster but this time it's for the small screen - unless you're watching on a 65 inch HDR set. Netflix, Micheal Bay and Ryan Reynolds have teamed up to create a new action film 6 Underground. After faking his death, a tech billionaire (Ryan Reynolds) recruits a team of international operatives for a bold and bloody mission to take down a brutal dictator.

"One thing I love about Bay’s movies is he is not afraid of using punchy colors to steer the story and give a larger than life feel" says Jeff August, lead colorist at LookLabs. "That's the reason we created our series of “Big” narrative looks which you will find in our SpeedLooks Complete bundle". Big instantly transforms your movie giving it beautiful contrast and darker saturated skin tones along with primary colors that pop, just like the many Micheal Bay movies.

Check out the official 6 Underground trailer staring Ryan Reynolds.


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