THE LOOK and Mistika Achieve PLAYTIME


Breathtaking 7-Screen Projection Work-of-Art

“Mistika’s ability to work from the RED files so well, and at such a high resolution, meant it was perfectly suited to this kind of project.”
Thomas Urbye, Colourist, THE LOOK

Images courtesy of artist Isaac Julien

Images courtesy of artist Isaac Julien


THE LOOK has finished an impressive 70-minute, seven-screen projection work-of-art using Mistika. Titled PLAYTIME, the stunning artwork installation was created by celebrated video artist Isaac Julien, designed to explore the relevant and dramatically nuanced subject of capital. The creatively and technically challenging feat is available for viewing from 24th January through to 1st March at Victoria Miro Gallery at 16 Wharf Road in London N1 7RW, before being showcased around the world.

The seven-screen projection is made up of five films at 5K resolution with 30Tb of RED material conformed on The Look’s Mistika system. Colourist Thomas Urbye graded from the RAW RED files using Mistika’s advanced grading toolset, initially grading each screen, and then combining all seven into Mistika’s unique grouping mode for client review on The Look’s 4m projection screen. Complex visual effects were completed by The Look’s VFX partners Lexhag and imported into Mistika to maximise the dynamic range.

Images courtesy of artist Isaac Julien

Images courtesy of artist Isaac Julien


MD and Colourist at The Look Thomas Urbye comments “This was one of the largest projects we have ever worked on, 70 minutes of 5K is daunting enough, but multiply it by 7 and you have a truly epic project. The Mistika’s ability to work from the RED files so well, and at such a high resolution, meant that it was perfectly suited to this kind of project. The piece was as creatively challenging as anything I’ve worked on, Isaac Julien is one of the world’s leading video artists and this work is eagerly anticipated in the art world. Great care has been taken to make the images seen in these films as breathtaking and moving as possible.”

The films were shot in London, Dubai and Iceland on the RED EPIC and feature James Franco, Colin Salmon, Maggie Cheung, Ingvar Eggert Sigurğsson and Mercedes Cabral. A shorter single screen version of the work was shown in New York’s Time Square in December and at Metro Pictures Gallery. Further details about the project can be found here and here.

Images courtesy of artist Isaac Julien

Images courtesy of artist Isaac Julien

CREDITS
Title: PLAYTIME
Artist / Director: Isaac Julien
Post facility: THE LOOK
Colourist: Thomas Urbye
Finishing: Jason Wallis
Editing: Adam Finch
VFX: Lexhag
Grading System: SGO Mistika

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