Cinematic Monochrome Color Grade using free Film Emulation LUT [Download]

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On trying to break down a popular Monochrome look from the film “Inside Llewyn Davis”, we understand that Peter Doyle, colorist of the film used advanced techniques and a LUT to achieve this look. But when you are inside premiere pro, you have to work within the limitations of the software to achieve a similar look, whether it is for a commercial project, a short film or feature length film.

In our case, we have used Kodak Vision2 500T 5218 LUT from our Film Emulation category to mimic the Color Palette of Inside Llewyn Davis. This LUT is a part of our Ultimate Colorist Toolkit 2.0. You can find the free LUT along with our Ultimate Colorist Toolkit towards the end of this blog. We have combined the LUT with a simple yet effective technique in Premiere Pro to get our final look. 

Color Palette: Inside Llewyn Davis

Baselight was used to create the original color for the film. Peter Doyle, remapped blue channels onto the green using the color matrix. If you are working in Davinci Resolve, the same can be achieved by using RGB mixer tool. In Premiere, we decided to desaturate everything but red hues, and applied a Look Up Table [LUT] using adjustment layer on top of all the footages. As a final step we fixed our skin-tones. We have included the Video Tutorial at the end of the blog, do check it out! For now, let’s check out a couple of examples of our Monochrome Color Grade using Kodak Vision 2 5218 LUT.

Example 1

Reference still from Inside Llewyn Davis

After Before

Before and After Monochrome Color grade

Example 2

Reference still from Inside Llewyn Davis

After Before

Before and After Monochrome Color grade

Example 3

Reference still from Inside Llewyn Davis

After Before

Before and After Monochrome Color grade

Example 4

Reference still from Inside Llewyn Davis

After Before

Before and After Monochrome Color grade

Video Tutorial

That’s how you achieve a teal and orange look inside Premiere Pro – Without using LUTs. In case you want to check out our video tutorial on the same, here it is:

Play Video

Video Tutorial – Monochrome Color Grade

Verdict

We’re glad that we were easily able to reproduce this film look with our Ultimate Colorist Toolkit. As we always recommend investing in LUTS that gives you a comprehensive variety ( without compromising on quality and sophistication ), we’re pleased that our own LUTS live up to this motto especially in today’s market where terms like “Cinematic LUTs” are loosely thrown around. If you want to check out Ultimate Colorist Toolkit, it’s on our LUTs page.

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Important!

Likewise, if you’re looking for some serious color grading inspiration, check out our Instagram. It’s a treasure trove of cinematic images. A diverse selection of visually appealing photos is made available to you courtesy of our team. Think of this as an increase in the number of mood boards to use as inspiration for your own work. Follow us on Instagram at “colorist.factory.”

 

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Excessive false advertising going around in the name of “cinematic look” pushed us to form Colorist Factory with the goal of simplifying color grading for storytellers.

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