[Tig] New "Look" or not?

trovak at comcast.net trovak at comcast.net
Wed May 2 12:29:41 BST 2012

I call it the "Log C without CC" look. I think when someone got the first Log C files straight out of Alexa they thought that's how it was supposed to look. Yes just a trend. There is a challege though. With all the DSLR footage that is captured very contrasty, especially from 5D and 7D , to give it this look. Even that's not much of a challenge though. 

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From: "Robert Lovejoy" <chroma601 at gmail.com> 
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Sent: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 9:57:57 PM 
Subject: [Tig] New "Look" or not? 

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Hi everyone, 
     I hope I am not out of line asking this question, but my wife was 
watching some programs on HBO recently, and when I saw them, I was 
reverse stunned.  I've been around for a boatload of trends, from 
6fps, letting one color through, cyan-orange, and so on, but am I 
seeing a new trend in looks? 
     The new shows "Girls" and "Veep" look just plain flat and dull. 
It's not that far from what we called a "flat grade", with milky 
blacks and dull highlights, made so that a "real" color correction 
could be made later.  Or perhaps there is a LUT missing or incorrect. 
And it's barely a grade.  White balance is a bit loose.  The overall 
effect is dull and monochromatic. 
     I know it's not my TV - "Game of Thrones" on the same network 
still looks rich and bold, as do most commercial network shows.  If 
this is a new trend, I guess I can understand it.  Perhaps they are 
going for a documentary feel.  If a client was to tell me to go in 
that direction, I surely would.  But I just have to say I don't really 
think very highly of this look. 
     Are we seeing the new shaky-cam for the mid-early 2010's, or is 
this possibly the result of not putting much thought into the grade? 
Is this new and cutting edge, or a mistake?  I just can't bring myself 
to watch these two shows, old coot that I am.  I like looks, but this 
is almost the antithesis of a look! 
      I wonder if others have noticed this, and perhaps if the 
colorist(s) who work on these programs are here, they might care to 
shed some light as to why these two new programs have such a flat, 
dull look to them. 
      No offense meant to anyone!  I have simply never seen such flat 
grades on a scripted network program, and am curious why this look was 
Bob Lovejoy 


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