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Channel 4’s The Mill receives Technicolor VFX and colour grading

2 August 2013
Channel 4’s The Mill receives Technicolor VFX and colour grading

The Mill, a drama commissioned by Channel 4, has been colour graded by Technicolor along with VFX treatment.

Technicolor worked closely with the production team both on location and during post production, providing grading, VFX and on location services; Technicolor credits include Paul Ensby, senior colourist; Simon Giblin and Richard Cradick were responsible for the VFX; Dan Mulligan for on location services, working on the project.

“The Mill was shot using a Arri Alexa digital camera system and the grade was performed earlier this year using Autodesk Lustre,” said Paul Ensby, principal colourist, Technicolor Creative Services.

“The setting of the series is rural-industrial England during the 19th century, so our brief was to be as cinematic as possible to ensure a gritty, authentic look and feel. It was shot using 235 letterboxing, which suited the feel throughout the episodes and created a real cinematic atmosphere. We selected a filmic style curve to provide a nice black with plenty of highlight detail.”

A large part of the mini-series was filmed at the Quarry Bank Mill, now a National Trust property.

“The Mill is styled in a cool, atmospheric light with a fine contrast. It is set mostly in the winter months so we kept a slightly cool feel for the exterior shots, but with plenty of colour saturation to enhance the tones of the costumes when they appear on screen. For the night scenes, rich shadows with detail were carefully controlled to emulate the naturally low light levels given by candlelight or oil lights. In the more opulent surroundings, we chose a slightly warmer palette which worked well with the set design in these areas,” said Ensby. 

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