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An article how to find out if a LUT is bad. It can be difficult to objectively judge the quality of a LUT being provided when applied to real footage. Here are two simple methods that help you to analyze a LUT.

This blog post is a collection of links paired with my own experiences and tips that will hopefully help you to evolve your color grading skills.

In the last few weeks I’ve been pretty into the „photochemical film look“. In this latest blog post I show you how to apply a „Kodak 2383 D55“ LUT to your footage. Furthermore, I share my thoughts about other elements of film like Halation, Gate Weave, Grain, Flicker, Film Damage.

Halation is a characteristic of celluloid film when a bright light bounces back a few times exposing the film a second time only affecting the red layer (and a bit of the green layer) of the film resulting in a reddish/orange glow. The Halation tint may be different based on white balance adjustments / color grading.

“The Lighthouse” was shot on Kodak’s Eastman Double-X black-and-white 5222 film stock with a Panavision Millennium XL2 and 1930s-’40s Baltar lenses. Cinematographer Jarin Blaschke also used custom filters that emulated early-1900s orthochromatic stock, which was sensitive to ultraviolet, blue and green light, but not red. So skin tones appear way darker.

I wanted to make this little „Supercut“ video about film grain, so we can analyze film grain first before trying to replicate it. A small excerpt from the film is enough to analyze the grain, and that’s what this video is all about. In detail, I have selected steady shots, mostly filmed on a tripod and I also tried to find scenes where we can observe highlights, midtones, shadows and skin tones.

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