Fremont, CA, USA – Friday, September 27, 2019 – Blackmagic Design announced today that season 3 of Amazon Prime Videos’ critically acclaimed series “Sneaky Pete” was colored in DaVinci Resolve Studio by senior colorist Scott Ostrowsky of Deluxe’s Level 3.
Ostrowsky, a veteran colorist with more than 25 years’ experience, has colored hit shows such as “Lost”, “The Blacklist”, “Heroes” and “Electric Dreams.” He began coloring “Sneaky Pete” from season one, helping to develop the look of this unique show about con man Marius Josipovic, played by Giovanni Ribisi.
The story follows Marius as he is released from prison, adopting the identity of his cell mate, Pete Murphy, in an effort to avoid his past life and the vicious gangster that still pursues him. The series, created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston, is a unique crime drama with a varied style that required careful collaboration between Ostrowsky and the cinematographers.
Ostrowsky began coloring in DaVinci Resolve on season 2, working closely with Directors of Photography Frank DeMarco and William Rexer and adapting their two styles to the overall look of the project. “Both used shadow and light and rich dramatic feels to the environments they were shooting in,” said Ostrowsky. “We created looks based on the feel of the environment and its influence on the story.”
Locations varied from ornate bathrooms to waterfronts, and a warehouse that had its own bleach bypass look. Looking for rich blacks without crushing detail, Ostrowsky used specific LUTs to create vivid looks while bringing out all the textures.
On season 3, cinematography duties were taken over by Arthur Albert, and production moved from the east coast to California. This brought about a new style, one with a warmer, brighter look. Ostrowsky had worked with Albert on “The Blacklist” and was familiar with how he liked to shoot and light. “He has a very beautiful, definite style that’s portrayed in the show, and I wanted to emulate that,” said Ostrowsky. “We took Arthur’s existential view of the environment and were able to portray that in the color.”
Throughout the two seasons, Ostrowsky relied on DaVinci Resolve and its toolset for color correction. “I used all of the tools. I use keys and windows and log rhythmic tools when I need to focus on certain areas,” said Ostrowsky. “I use every tool possible that’s in DaVinci Resolve to give the show a textured feel depending upon how the nuances and Arthur’s taste were going on a certain scene and how he lit it.”
Each of the three seasons had a different look, but Ostrowsky enjoyed the challenge. “At first it started out with having a presence and texture and creating a warm environment. Then it moved into an almost hyper real, but naturally hyper real style with a plethora of color. Now, with season 3, Arthur was really using shadow, light and textures to create a beautiful, picturesque image.”
As the geography of the seasons changed, from New York to California, from gritty realism to a lighter and warmer look, so did the approach to color, a challenge Ostrowsky welcomes on each show. “My approach to color grading is to always represent the look the cinematographer creates, without stepping on their work. I enjoy developing looks with them that help tell the story and good communication is the key to achieving that.”
About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.
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