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Q

Without Fear

Cox discusses a
scene with director
and executive
producer Steven
DeKnight.

reduces the amount of heavy lifting
required in the DI."
Senior colorist Tony D'Amore at
Encore Hollywood supervised the final
grade for every episode of the season. He
worked with DaVinci Resolve 11 using

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DPX frames derived from the original
Red R3D files with the Redcolor3 preset
applied during the transcode. "I'd start
with Kevin's CDLs and Matt's LUT
and initially duplicate what they'd done
in dailies," explains D'Amore. "The

looks Matt created were a great way to set
a consistent deep, dark tone for the show.
I also know what Matt likes from our
work together on Fargo. The end result
was a gritty, distinctive look. We kept a
lemon-lime color palette, with subtle skin
tones for a subdued, surreal environment.
I balanced everything toward green,
combined with Matt's amber or yellow
source to achieve skin tones that were just
under key and not super poppy.
"What's nice about grading with
Resolve is that I can color inside of a
LUT, versus other systems that do not
allow me to modify the parameters of a
LUT at all," D'Amore adds. "For example, in some shots lit by an exterior source,
the initial LUT clipped the highlights. I
was then able to open the input LUT and
lower the white levels to bring back detail
from shot to shot. I'm not a big believer in
LUTs, although they can be very helpful
as a starting point and to maintain the
attributes of the Red capture."
As the grades were completed,


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