This is a special edition of our 4K showreel. We were looking at some of the shots we worked on before and after colour grading and were so excited by…
In 2009, Neill Blomkamp had his directorial debut with ‘District 9’. The feature, which reportedly cost only $30 million, grossed over $200 million and was also a critical success. Its raw naturalistic visual approach was one of the reasons for much of the praise. Despite being a science fiction film set in an alien populated South Africa the film Look is extremely realistic.
Due to its critical and box-office success there were strong rumors that Blomkamp follow-up project would be a sequel to ‘Distric 9’, however he decided instead to create a new post-apocalyptical world in ‘Elysium’.
It is impossible to create a Colourist Hall of Fame without talking about Stephen Nakamura from Company 3, one of the pioneers of DI colour grading. Since early 2000s Nakamura has worked with many iconic directors and DPs such as Martin Scorsese and Michael Ballhaus (The Departed), Quentin Tarantino and Robert Richardson (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol 2), and Steven Spielberg and Janusz Kaminski (The Terminal) as well as Ridley Scott (Robin Hood, Prometheus).
Rencently Nakamura wrote at length about the experience of grading ‘Prometheus’ on Creativecow’s website. Amongst some of the challenges described by him was creating different grades for each deliverable (six in total).