FILMLOOK color-timed Nickelback's new "Trying Not To Love You" music video! August 22, 2012
Thank you to FallOut Entertainment and Nickelback for letting us be a part of this terrific music video. We also thank FILMLOOK's audio design headed by Samuel Aronson of the award-winning Sammy Sound Inc. We did the color correction and enhancement with our newly acquired Baselight system. Nickelback's "Trying Not To Love You" video is the fifth single from their 2011 chart-topping album "Here and Now."
SEE THE LIGHT...
WITH NEW FILMLIGHT COLOR SYSTEM July 5, 2012
We are delighted to share the news that we have purchased a Baselight colour grading system from Filmlight. In a move to significantly improve and expand its services, the new system, which includes Filmlight's revolutionary Blackboard 2 control surface, allows FILMLOOK, for the first time, to provide you with color grading services in a file-based workflow. It also allows us to inititate a new service: DCP mastering for feature films.
Filmlight develops film scanning, color grading and color management systems that are transforming film and video post-production and setting new standards for quality, reliability and performance. The company's products are in use every day by leading studios, labs, and post-production facilities around the globe as essential components in their digital intermediate, commercials and video production pipelines. Fueled by some of the industry's brightest minds, Filmlight is committed to delivering innovative tools that allow creative professionals to work at the forefront of the digital media revolution. Founded in 2001, Filmlight is headquartered in London, where its research, design, and manufacturing operations are centered. For more information, visit www.filmlight.ltd.uk.
"Baselight allows us to remain competitive in a market where our clients are increasingly relying on file-based media to complete their projects," said FILMLOOK CEO Robert Faber. "It also enables us to move into feature film mastering, a new market for us and one with great potential."
Faber added that Baselight provides a path for future growth. "The system is upgradeable, allowing us to do 4K and beyond as our needs and customer demands grow," he said.
Baselight seamlessly integrates with FILMLOOK's editorial operations, observed FILMLOOK Senior Engineer and Colorist Allen Kelly. It also provides more efficient means of fulfilling today's complex deliverable requirements. "It gives us the speed and flexibility to work in multiple file formats," Kelly said.
According to Anna Cordova, FILMLOOK Vice President, "We look forward to setting up demonstrations of the new Filmlight Baselight color grading system. We are hoping that you come by soon and check it out."
As you know, FILMLOOK provides a full slate of post production services, including color grading, online and offline editorial, duplication, Blu-ray and DVD mastering, closed-captioning, and quality control. Through an alliance with Sammy Sound, we also offer complete audio services.
FILMLOOK GETS THE PICTURE
In addition to the Filmlight color grading system, FILMLOOK has also purchased Dolby's professional reference monitor, the PRM-4200. Dolby's reputation for audio excellence and precision now extends into high end broadcast video and digital cinema environments.
FILMLOOK'S PRM-4200 accurately and consistently displays DCI P3, HD, and 2K content by reproducing the full gamut of film as well as the full dynamic range of the latest digital cameras, thus making critical DI color grading for digital cinema delivery possible. Filling in the gap left by the CRT, the PRM-4200 can also emulate virtually any other display and supports 3D LUTs and multiple frame rates up to 60fps. Both the Filmlight Baselight ONE and Dolby's PRM-4200 include support for the AMPAS® ACES workflow.
In making the announcement, Anna Cordova, Vice President, FILMLOOK, added, "We are especially excited to announce FILMLOOK's latest acquisitions, as we intend to move forward in providing our clients with the latest and most accurate tools to enhance their broadcast and digital cinema projects."
To fully appreciate this technology at work, you are welcome to arrange a visit to our grading suite where we will be happy to provide a private demonstration. To arrange a viewing, or to book in a project, just contact us at 818-845-9200.
FILMLOOK'S PRODUCTION ARM, C2 ENTERTAINMENT, IN DEVELOPMENT WITH NEW ANIMATED SERIES
FILMLOOK Media and Post, in collaboration with its production arm C2 Entertainment, have announced its first animated series, Captain Daddy, featuring the voices of Ed Asner ("Up") and Fred Willard ("Wall-E"). Captain Daddy is an irreverent half-hour animated sitcom about an American family living in a World War II submarine. Captain Daddy believes his family is perfect and normal, even though they swim to work, have a mermaid as a pet, live with the ghost of a German captain, and launch their kids out the torpedo tube for school.
According to Executive Producer Anna Cordova, Captain Daddy takes the family sitcom to a new level. "We have combined Ed Asner, certainly a member of the sitcom hall of fame, with an almost sci-fi, fantasy setup. It's like Spongebob doing a guest spot on 'X-files' with a lot of irreverent humor. There are so many outlets for this type of programming out there these days. We are convinced Captain Daddy will be a fun-filled alternative for many fans of sitcoms and animation."
Stay tuned for more news about Captain Daddy.
THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MUSEUM (NWHM)
LAUNCHES GRASSROOTS PSA CAMPAIGN IN PARTNERSHIP
WITH FILMLOOK MEDIA AND POST June 22, 2012
Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight") Directs PSAs for NWHM
(Los Angeles and Washington D.C. – June 19, 2012) In an effort to educate and motivate Americans across the country to support legislation for the National Women's History Museum (NWHM) that would allow them to build a museum on the National Mall, NWHM has reached out to Hollywood's brightest stars to launch a "Grassroots Public Service Announcement (PSA)" campaign based on the theme, "Don't Tell Me I Can't."
FILMLOOK Media and Post donated post production services under the direction of Vice President, Anna Cordova. The series of TV spots features young girls portraying notable women in history, reminding us of their impact. The primary campaign goal is to both educate the public about these amazing women and to raise awareness about the importance of having a Museum that celebrates women's contributions throughout history in our nation's capital. As NWHM President and CEO, Joan Wages, says, "It is imperative that girls and boys know the full story of their own history, so they know THEY CAN (instead of can't) be whatever they want growing up—they need to know, the sky's the limit!"
Check out the video below for a first look at a :30 spot:
NWHM has begun to attract the attention of many of the powerful women in the entertainment world. In addition to its first spokesperson, Meryl Streep, the Museum has added a number of Ambassadors to help raise awareness and support for this important project. Thus far, the following distinguished women in entertainment have been named Ambassadors including actress Geena Davis, director Catherine Hardwicke, actress Amy Brenneman, journalist/TV reporter Lisa Ling, screenwriter Robin Swicord, actress Kate Walsh, author Nora Ephron, actress Frances Fisher, folk singer Janis Ian, and director Kimberly Peirce.
The Museum tapped acclaimed film director Catherine Hardwicke to direct the PSAs for the organization. Hardwicke is best known for directing "Twilight," one of the highest grossing films directed by a woman, "Red Riding Hood" and "Thirteen." In addition to Hardwicke, the PSAs feature four-time Emmy winner Alfre Woodard. The series of TV spots, include a :15, two :30s and a :90, all have the young girls and Woodard on camera.
According to Ms. Wages, "We are thrilled to be working with our dedicated film and television team in Hollywood and are confident that this partnership will enable us to raise the recognition of women in history and secure a building site for a national museum in Washington, D.C. This museum will be the first national history museum in a nation's capital in the world to celebrate women's history. We hope other countries will build museums, and together we'll be seen as a beacon for women around the world!"
The ads will be available to media outlets in the coming weeks. The following partners donated equipment, talent and services: FILMLOOK Media and Post, Culver Studios, Sammy Sound, Inc., Panavision, O.T.M.F.C. and Akasha Restaurant.
FILMLOOK color-timed Van Halen's new "Tattoo" music video! January 17, 2012
In December 2011, we color-timed Van Halen's new music video "Tattoo," which is now has over two million hits after just one week on YouTube! We worked directly with David Lee Roth and Alex Van Halen to make sure they got the perfect look. Check out the final video below!
3D! May 23, 2011
When Oprah Winfrey added 3DTV to her ultimate favorite things show during the holidays, we knew that 3DTV had become a reality and a serious home entertainment option. In addition, prices of the 3DTVs have dropped 35-40% in major markets and a current Nielsen consumer study revealed that out of 27,000 online consumers across 53 countries, 13% said they already own or will definitely purchase a 3DTV set in the next 12 months. An additional 15% said they "probably will" purchase a 3DTV. The number of 3D Blu-ray film titles available is still under 100 and we expect the filmmakers and distributors to be seriously investigating their 3D options.
FILMLOOK is now proud to offer Stereoscopic 3D Conversion and Feature Length 3D Animation. We will also be adding VFX that include compositing, set extension, particle, fluid and crowd generation, CG Creatures, as well as rotoscoping. FILMLOOK's objective is to expand into this new area of the industry and enable our clients to produce high quality content for a fairly modest budget.
FILMLOOK's Top Colorist: Allen Kelly April 21, 2011
FILMLOOK Media and Post has been doing business in the entertainment community for more than 20 years. Allen Kelly has been a part of the team for the last 18 years. In that time span, the industry's technology has changed and is continuing to morph as we move forward in 2011. FILMLOOK's vast array of projects covers the gamut from feature films, television sitcoms, documentaries, music videos, fashion and style projects as well as commercials and corporate messaging.
Allen has worked on a variety of network shows, features, and digital intermediate masters. His versatility allows FILMLOOK to offer its clients the best possible solutions, the widest range of looks, and the creative tools to achieve its goals timely and cost-efficiently. Allen can cut right to the heart of the matter and come up with the look producers are seeking.
"So many producers and editors are working on laptops and they are doing everything right there—editing, sound design, and music," Allen says. "But, we find what looks great on your laptop sometimes does not meet broadcast standards and a distributor may not find it acceptable. As part of FILMLOOK's da Vinci 2K color enhancement service, we can assure that your projects will adhere closely to standards established by major networks and motion picture studios. Remember, most viewers will be seeing your work in a home environment on television, not necessarily just on a PC or laptop."
A great example of FILMLOOK's versatility is the A&E series "Manhunters," now in its third season. FILMLOOK has been doing the color enhancement on "Manhunters" since the pilot episode. The reality show follows U.S. Marshals who have the authority to pursue federal criminals across the country and around the world. The post production challenges are enormous, as there are sometimes three different camera crews working simultaneously.
According to Allen, "The different cameras have different color balances, the exposures are also different and vary from full daylight to night time surveillance, since it's run-and-gun, guerilla-style reality television. Of course, we need to match up the look and bring a consistency to the series. These Marshals are on stake outs and the cameras become very grainy and visually noisy in low light—it is the opposite of color correcting polished, three-camera style sitcoms, which is what we also do."
Recent projects Allen has just completed at FILMLOOK include a Michael Stars' fashion shoot for Fashion TV. Check out the footage and see some gorgeous color work.
He also worked on the upcoming Alexandra Lipsitz documentary "Circus Kids," a poignant look at Palestinian and Israeli children in a traveling circus in Israel. "Circus Kids" is currently on the film festival circuit. Click here to see the trailer.