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.



Want the Character and Beauty of 35mm Film?

Feb 21, 2019

Personality, character, feel, beauty … all words we use to describe the unique look of film. LookLabs color correction technology, SpeedLooks, revolutionized the industry by bringing the unique look of film to digital projects. We are the industry leader. That’s why the world’s two largest non-linear editing companies, Adobe Premiere and Avid, both carry our suite of products opening up the world of color correction to editors everywhere.

There are two common color spaces for recording video. Rec. 709 and LOG. Log allows for maximum color manipulation in post-production. But logs vary from camera to camera. No two are the same. That’s were LookLabs color science comes in. Our software is designed specifically for each camera we test. We create a unique camera patch LUT for every camera. Once that camera patch LUT is applied in a grading application or non-linear editor, the camera’s original log image is transformed into what we call VS-log or, Virtual Speed LOG. If you are recording in REC. 709 we have you covered with our Universal camera patch.It translates REC. 709 to VS LOG.

LookLabs has revolutionized the production world for directors, DPs, colorists and editors. Now virtually any combination of cameras can be used in production and our camera patches will create one consistent look. Fine color correcting can still be done even with the camera patch applied. This is where SpeedLooks come into play. Once the camera patch is applied, leveling out the image in VS-Log, an overall SpeedLook can be layered onto your footage. Those looks that instantly tell the audience they are watching an epic drama or science-fiction film.

All of our SpeedLooks emulate the look and feel of 35 mm film. Everything from film Noir to a big blockbuster look is available. And every look creates beautiful and even skin tones. Flawless faces especially close up. SpeedLooks can even be applied in the field so you know what your going to look like even before making the first edit.

You can purchase our SpeedLooks Complete Bundle for $89 USD or, combine it with our DFS Bundle (Digital Film Stock) which sells for $119 USD and get an even better deal for $159 for both? With SpeedLooks and camera patches, LookLabs offers total workflow solutions. The digital production playing field has been leveled. Visit looklabs.net/ to learn more about SpeedLooks and how you can easily achieve a great color finish on your next project.


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.



Pro Tips for Expanding Your Color Grading Skills

Feb 15, 2019

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.

As a follow-up to our 2018 year-end blog post "How to Become a Colorist" with Ollie Kenchington, check out this video he produced along with Cinema 5D where he shares eight pro tips to help you expand your color grading skills.


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.




SpeedLooks User Profile - Nick Zacharkiw

Feb 10, 2019

"I love shaping the image to give it focus. By increasing or removing detail I can lead the viewer’s eyes. You don’t want something distracting in the background taking away from the foreground. I lean towards the green-blue and yellow tones with a dark contrasted look, where shadows and light give definition. I use SpeedLooks because not only am I a colorist, but an editor, designer and compositor as well. It speeds up my workflow through all these different applications and allows me to use my time more efficiently".

Check out Nick's colorist reel for insight into his love for color finishing.


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.



LookLabs Staff Pick - Abracadavers

Jan 29, 2019

When Numera Films brought their comedy/fantasy 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.

Gabriel, his closest friend, believes this is more than an obsession and along with a group of friends, kidnaps him and the salon chair and embarks on a road trip where everyone discovers, as Chris had previously begun to expect, that the salon chair gives those close to it superpowers. What more can we say!

The comedic tone of this web 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 and see the end result.

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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