EPISODE #2 // The “Filmic Look”

 

One of the most common creative briefs a colourist will receive is to make the show look “filmic”.  In this episode senior colourist Angela Cerasi unpacks what that actually means, and explores how and why giving a project a “filmic look” can add greater meaning to your story.

 

TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • What “filmic” actually means in visual terms…
  • What is a “video look”
  • Differences in colour
  • Differences in contrast
  • What is “roll off”?
  • Differences in texture
  • What “filmic” signifies to a story
  • Motion smoothing on your TV
  • The feature colour is…

 

RESOURCES DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

EPISODE IMAGES:


Graded to look “filmic”


The original video look


Graded to look “filmic”


The original video look


Graded to look “filmic”


The original video look


Graded to look “filmic”


The original video look


This is one of the simplest examples I have seen of film’s (LOGarithmic) characteristic curve.  The “toe” and the “shoulder” is inherently unique to a “filmic look” and what gives the image its “roll off”.  This curve is also commonly called an “S-curve” and indicates the image’s contrast. The steeper the curve the more contrast in the image. (Image: Schutz Geschwender, Amy. (2013). Chemiluminescent Westerns: How film and photochemistry affect experimental results.)