LONDON — The winners of the first FilmLight Colour Awards (www.filmlight.ltd.uk) were announced last Sunday, November 14th, during EnergaCamerimage. The ceremony included a panel discussion with several of the winners in attendance, along with others joining online.
Photo (L-R): Eric Weidt, winner of the Theatrical Feature category for Mank, with Fabien Napoli, Arnaud Caréo and Gilles Granier of Le Labo, Paris, winners of the Innovative Use of Baselight category for Miss.
The award for the grading of a theatrical feature went to Eric Weidt, who worked with DP Erik Messerschmidt on Mank. Shot on an 8K Red camera, the movie is striking for its 1930s Hollywood look, combined with the crystal-sharp resolution.
The top two entries for the television series/episodic category could not be separated, so each was awarded a trophy. The Fargo episode “East/West” was an homage to the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Colorist Tony D’Amore of Picture Shop dug deep into tools available to track mattes to blend monochrome and color, with beautiful footage shot by DP Dana Gonzales.
Placed alongside Fargo was Damien Vandercruyssen’s work at Harbor on the series Lisey’s Story. The episode “Lisey’s Story”, shot by DP Darius Khondji, was honored. The storyline blends reality and dreams, and the grade emphasized the differing environments, including startling marbleised faces.
Tim Masick at Company 3 took the award for best grading in a commercial, with a stunning spot for the Dior Spring Summer 2021 Collection, shot by DP Benoit Delhomme. The commercial used chiaroscuro, putting strong skin tones in sharp contrast with the moody settings, very much in the style of Caravaggio.
There was also a fourth award for the most innovative use of Baselight as the grading platform. Gilles Granier, Fabien Napoli and Arnaud Caréo from Le Labo, Paris worked in partnership on Miss to establish the highly-individual look of the movie, and together they developed their own gamut manipulation toolbox within Baselight.
Both Eric Weidt and the team from Le Labo were in attendance for the presentation, while the other winners took part from their home countries. There was also an online appearance from DP Benoit Delhomme to discuss his photography on the Dior Spring Summer 2021 Collection and his collaboration with colorist Tim Masick. DP Dana Gonzales also discussed his work with colorist Tony D’Amore on Fargo.
“All of us at FilmLight are really excited by the reception the industry has given the Colour Awards, and by the extraordinary work the finalists and winners presented,” states Jacqueline Loran, director at FilmLight. “We are very grateful to our partner bodies and of course to the judging panel, but we are even more honoured by the response we saw from colourists across the world. This was the first FilmLight Colour Awards. Already we can see that the mood is there to celebrate the amazing art of the colorist in every respect, and we have plans to make the 2022 edition even more exciting.”
The awards were organized in conjunction with EnergaCamerimage, the American Society of Cinematographers, Imago (the International Federation of Cinematographers) and CSI (Colorist Society International). They were judged by an international panel of well-known directors, DoPs and colorists.