The Golden Sun of Miami Shines Brightly

Jun 24, 2020

"I recently had a chance to watch the latest movie in the Bad Boys series, Bad Boys for Life, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and once again directed by Michael Bay" states LookLabs colorist Jeff August. Although Bays movies may not be the deepest from a story standpoint it's full of fun, action, and color. In this edition, Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett must face off against a mother-and-son pair of drug lords who wreak vengeful havoc on their city.

"The colors of this movie pop especially in HDR. The primary look of the movie is gold and the palette definitely makes you feel like you are somewhere hot - like Miami". The look is once again very Michael Bay and is easily achieved when you use SpeedLooks Gold. There are a multiple variants that will get you the look you want instantly, try Gold Heat or Gold Orange. Remember, when using LUTs you can control their strength by adjusting transparency, allowing you to easily dial in the look you are going for.

Check out this trailer and see how the golden sun of Miami shines brightly in this feature 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, all with the click of a button. Visit looklabs.net to learn more.



Color Grading Historical Re-enactments

Jun 21, 2020

Ha Ling Peak is a documentary from Edmonton, Alberta Canada creative team, Sticks and Stones. Ha Ling Peak is named after a man who first climbed the famous Alberta mountain back in 1896. Through the use of interviews and historical re-enactments Sticks and Stones tells the story of how the mountain got its original name Chinaman's Peak and how the small town of Canmore rallied to rename the Mountain.

LookLabs created two primary looks for this feature length documentary. The first for interview sections using its DFS Kodak LUT's and a mix of Gold and Blue SpeedLooks for the re-enactment scenes. Check out this vignette illustrating the final finish on this documentary.


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.



Going for the Bleach Bypass Look - SpeedLooks Bleach

Jun 3, 2020

What is Bleach? SpeedLooks Artistic Bleach hails back to the days of film processing. Bleach bypass, also known as skip bleach or silver retention, is a chemical effect which entails either the partial or complete skipping of the bleaching function during the processing of a color film. ... The result is a black-and-white image over a color image.This leads to an extreme grade that holds higher contrast and very little saturation. This look was popular in the nineties and was used for many music videos, and today retains its edgy, extreme nature in feature films like 300 and Sin City.

SpeedLooks Linear LUTs are a simple way to create beautiful filmic images using one LUT. Designed for quick color correction, these LUTs work on all REC. 709 footage. Our LOG LUTs 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 works in all editing and color correction software that support LUTs.

Artistic Bleach SL-3522 comes in 3 variants – HDR, LDR and NDR

Check out this grading sampler featuring our Bleach NDR look.


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 - Skin Tones

May 27, 2020

In this round table conversation, LookLabs colorists Jeff August and Jerome Sabourin talk about the beauty of SpeedLooks and its affect on skin tones.


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 Enduring Ice Project

May 21, 2020

The Enduring Ice expedition is a spotlight on the Arctic Ocean and the natural systems that keep the Earth cool. An inventive fusion of film and interactive media, the project explores the connections between distant polar seas and prevailing shifts in global climate. Its goal is to spark curiosity and engagement by providing learning experiences that can tug at human emotions.

Director, Stephen Smith, approached Color by LookLabs to enhance this journey through the color grade by creating a consistent look from footage shot on GoPro, Panasonic AG-DVX200 and GH5 cameras. As always, we love the challenge of dialing in multiple cameras and creating one beautiful and consistent look.

Like the Mars rover relaying its first images back to earth, the Enduring Ice expedition opens a window to the otherworldly and fantastical Arctic. Get a taste for the expedition and the color grade for the completion of this feature documentary in this vignette.



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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