Kevin Shaw, an international freelance colorist was flown in all the way from LA to work on Jayendra’s pet project. Kevin has been a colorist for 25 years and has worked on high profile projects such as commercials for brands like Jaguar and Volvo, music videos featuring pop icons George Michael, Seal and Tina Turner, and Hollywood projects, the latest of which is Street Dance in 3D.
Kevin has worked all over the world but this is his first time working on an Indian film. Speaking about his experience, he says, “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. This is my first Indian film and I absolutely love the way it has been done. Indian films are a very different genre and there are a lot of things that appeal to me in this film. As180 was shot in different locations, it has some philosophies that come into play and the two locations are used quite nicely to portray that. In 180 we are going for some very strong looks in terms of color that you won’t get in a normal feature film. The whole film has been shot to precision and looks very glamorous. Each shot has been worked on and everything looks rich and absolutely beautiful.”
Kevin has assigned 3 weeks to the project which means minimum 12 hour days of non-stop colour correction, grading, calibrating projectors to achieve colors and effects that are outside of the TV space. Long days are just one of the challenges faced by Kevin. Since the entire film was shot digitally on Red cameras, each scene was shot for as long as it took to get it perfect. Director Jayendra comments, “I could shoot a lot – as much as I wanted.” Kevin’s challenge in this was that he had to ensure that the shades and backgrounds match, throughout the film. We have worked on details for a lot of shots. This is usually only done in big Hollywood movies. A time assigned to a film is usually 3-4 weeks in L.A. and 1-2 weeks in Europe. So the effects are definitely on par with some top Hollywood films. I’m working on raw ‘Red’ files which are like working on the actual camera. It allows me to view the settings with which the shots were taken and then work on them. I’m thankful for this set up where I can see my work being projected on to the big screen using a Barker projector, while I work. The set up has a control panel which allows me to multitask making my life a little easier at the moment.”
Kevin is one of the very few that has watched the entire film and has only good things to say about it. Asked what he thought about it, he jokes, “I’m totally in love with the girls. But apart from that, I thought the script was really good too.”