May 18, 2016

From Hollywood with love: How coloring made film Carol magic

Last month, my school - School of Visual Arts, BFA Animation and BFA Film programs presented colorist John Dowdell who discussed with us his work on the Academy Award-nominated film Carol.

I came to meet this post-production coloring genius because whoever saw this film would agree how cinematically beautiful it was made. In two hours of listening to Dowdell, we've learned that most of the movie was "colored" to create the various moods of this beautiful love story - from reflecting rain shadows on the taxi to the light reflection on the flawless skin of Cate Blanchett. There are some shots that were completely colored from what was the original scene and it was amazing to see how it was done.

Here's a little video I made to capture John Dowdell and to show one more time the moments that he made to look so magic (such as their car ride and/or Carol's shopping for a christmas tree...) - he added the coloring that made it so watchable.

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