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Karolina Partyka
Imitating early TV flattened out color
on Feb 9, 2019 at 12:20:54 pm

Hi, any tips for imitating the look of early color tv? Not colorized, but the very early color film. See still for example. This was definitely filmed in color, but it has a very flat, almost colorized look to it.

Any tips? Google search not yielding anything. Thanks!

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Imitating early TV flattened out color
on Feb 9, 2019 at 7:38:10 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Feb 9, 2019 at 8:14:47 pm

FYI -- you are looking at FILM, and not TV. It was merely on TV. And for film, Magic Bullet Looks should do the trick.

If you're willing to spend hours with Lumetri you can get darned close.

And something else: who's to say that's a straight, unadulterated image? Do you know for a fact it hasn't been through Photoshop, for example?

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Chris Wright
Re: Imitating early TV flattened out color
on Feb 12, 2019 at 4:41:47 am

it might be hard to tell unless your eyes are trained for it, but its about 50% set design, 10% wardrobe, 20% film stock, 10% lenses, and 10% post grade.

here's a rec. 709 pure color no luma modification that would get you closer. I fiddled around a while ago after researching this on the HSL and YUV scopes.

Essentially in HSL, you raise saturation, but lower lumanence so its practically zero, then rotate skin to almost pure red.

"Douglas Monce The look of the original Star Trek has a great deal to do with the way Gerald Finerman Perry photographed the show. The lighting style was very much influenced by Classic Hollywood films, of the 40's including film noir, with an emphasis on unusual colored lighting. Perry would Splash walls with purple or green lighting in the background. Even using colored lighting on the hair lights of the actors. He used hard key lights with fill, very rarely if ever using diffusion on the lights. He frequently used soft filters on the lenses for close-ups of both men and women."

The 5254 kodak film stock has very little luma per chroma and very creamy whites. D55 white point at least.(D55 can be emulated by lowering blue whitepoint in color mode)

To get this, luma has to be crushed before even adding chroma curve with saturation compression. the skin tone is in between skin line and red on vectorscope. putting it all together below:

64 iridas lut

also, quite a lot of well known films were shot on it.

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