NEW YORK — Ntropic (http://ntropic.com) colorist Trevor Durtschi teamed up with director Colin Tilley and production company London Alley Entertainment recently to complete Nicki Minaj's much talked-about Anaconda music video. The video has more than 77 million views on YouTube and shows the artist in a range of tropical and high fashion environments. The video makes use of a rich color palette that enhances the dancers’ provocative moves and costumes.
Durtschi’s work included bringing out the performers’ gorgeous skin tones, as well as enhancing the colorful clothes and alternating neon fashion scenes. The grading was applied using DaVinci Resolve, while working off of 6K Dragon R3D Raw files. Durtschi started with flat, Red log film gamma and created the look from scratch, without the help of any Look Up Tables.
"Working with Colin Tilley is always a fun and collaborative experience,” notes the colorist. “We've worked together a lot and as a company we've done dozens of projects with him. The whole production team was great and put in many hours of hard work on Anaconda. It's always a pleasure working with Joe Labisi's cinematography. And Alex Delgado's production design was insane, don't be fooled — everything was shot on a stage."
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