Grading the Animated Film, Skin for Skin

Oct 27, 2019

A dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning, "Skin for Skin" is set during the early days of the North American fur trade. In 1823, the governor of the largest fur-trading company in the world travels across his dominion, extracting ever-greater riches from the winter bounty of animal furs. In his brutal world of profit and loss, animals are slaughtered to the brink of extinction. But one day, the balance of power shifts, and the forces of nature exact their own terrible price.

The National Film Board of Canada, in association with Fifteen Pound Pink Productions, came to LookLabs for the color grade on this animated short film. Finishing was completed with a blend of SpeedLooks and DFS to give it an incredibly beautiful and consistent color narrative and film like look.

Directors Carol Beecher & Kevin Kurytnik have created a visually stunning contemporary myth about the cost of arrogance and greed.Produced by Bonnie Thompson (NFB) and Carol Beecher (Fifteen Pound Pink Productions). Executive produced by David Christensen (NFB). "Skin for Skin" has won several film festival awards including the Grand Jury Award Best Short Film at the Edmonton International Film Festival and Best Overall Short at the Calgary International Film Festival. Big news as both festivals are Oscar qualifying.

Check out our grading vignette to see the end result.....

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Digital Film Stock (DFS) from LookLabs: Explained

Oct 21, 2019

Personality, character, feel, beauty … all words we use to describe the unique look of film. LookLabs' color correction technology, first with SpeedLooks and NOW with DFS, has revolutionized the industry by bringing the unique look of film to digital projects.

DFS (Digital Film Stock) LUTs from Color by LookLabs are a result of three years of research and development, they accurately map the beautiful colors of the most popular film stocks for all digital cameras. DFS comes in both Linear (REC 709) and LOG formats. You even have the flexibility of using them on-set to pre-visualize your intended look. All LookLabs camera patches are included to perfectly match your LOG footage. The DFS bundle includes 19 LUTs that perfectly emulate the most popular Kodak and Fuji film stocks. DFS comes in both REC.709 and LOG video formats and all SpeedLooks camera patches work with today's most popular digital cinema and mirror-less cameras. DFS even makes your Android videos look like film!

You can purchase the DFS Complete Bundle for just $119 or buy DFS and Speedlooks in a Super Bundle for $159. With your DFS purchase, you will receive the following film stocks:

KODAK 5201, 5205, 5212, 5217, 5218, 5219, 5222, 5229, 5231, 5245M, 5299 and SFX 200T

FUJI ETERNA 250D, 250T, 400T, 500T, REALA 500D, F-125 and F-64D

DFS, SpeedLooks and our camera patches offer a total workflow solution for your color correction needs. To learn more about DFS and how you can make your digital projects look more filmic, watch our "DFS Explained" video.


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The Power of Colors in Filmmaking

Oct 19, 2019

No, this is not an article regarding color grading. The goal here is not to transform you into a colorist nor a DaVinci Resolve specialist. Although this article aims to junior filmmakers and beginners, I am sure it will be beneficial to every content creator.

We are experiencing the digital cinema age, which means we are surrounded by affordable cinema cameras that deliver sophisticated codecs and output. Therefore, it is essential to recognize some fundamental methodologies regarding colors. Nowadays, almost every camera manufacturer is allowing us to grade their footage. RAW is not rare anymore, but a ubiquitous codec. The Log-X alternatives are also very robust in terms of color-ability in post, which means you can take almost any footage and manipulate its colors.

Here's the full article from Y.M. Cinema Magazine and author Yossy Mendelovich - it's well worth the read! https://ymcinema.com/2019/10/15/color-wheel-a-film...

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.





Color Grading the Small Town Queer

Oct 14, 2019

Being queer in a small town can be tough but, you’re not alone. Snapshot Studios, producers of the original documentary series "Small Town Queer", tell the stories of individuals living in small towns and the challenges they face as members of the LGBTQ community.

Snapshot Studios approached Color by LookLabs to bring these stories to life through the color grade. By blending a combination of digital film stock Kodak 5201 and SpeedLooks Clean, matching footage from FS7 and A7S cameras, the result was a totally natural and beautiful clean look.

Take a look at 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.



Colorist Profile - Nick Zacharkiw

Sep 29, 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.



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