AMC's "Into the Badlands" Takes Unique Approach to Color Grading this Season
AMC’s hit television series “Into the Badlands” took a unique approach when it came to color grading the first season. The first three episodes of the six-episode season were graded by Colorist George Delaney and the latter three were graded by Colorist Shane Harris both of Deluxe’s Encore. All grading was overseen by the show's Supervising Colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld of Deluxe’s Company 3.
The poppy fields play an important role. Shane Harris (SH): We worked with the cinematographer, producers and AMC giving us notes as the look of the show took shape. There are also a lot of visual effects in the show and as is usually the case, we did some massaging to integrate them into the surrounding shots. The poppy fields are very important, and there are a lot of shots with them and fortress walls, and it was important to give the poppies a consistent feel while being aware of the overall environment so that everything looks real.
SH: I'm very happy with my ability to pull keys in Resolve. We went through at one point and wanted to change certain aspects of the look throughout – muting a lot of the greens in the plants in exterior shots and making the red/orange look of one character's hair a bit less pronounced than it read initially – and we were always able to get very clean keys quickly. Same for Power Windows. A lot of the show is set in interiors of old castles and dungeons where it's got to look dark, but you also need to see the characters' faces. So we built a lot of windows in those shots and tracked them in, and Resolve is very good with that.
SH: They created an entirely new world with this show, and it continued to evolve as the season went on, so there was a lot of room to be creative and offer input.