Join the 'Falling in LOVE with COLOR' Contest

Download the Colourlab Ai Demo Version and take a step into the unknown. Forget the established status quo of color grading. When it comes to the unknown, the most powerful thing you can do is surrender and let things go.

About The Competition

Here at Colourlab.ai HQ, we love to see incredible work created with our application. Our vision has always been to build a tool that would assist in artistic expression.

In Color, the magic happens when art and technology meet, and Colourlab Ai is exactly this. Initially, we have developed the Ai Match engine to match shots, scenes, and timelines, but in the process of doing so have discovered an entirely new way to leverage our technology. Using Ai for look design and creation.

Now that we are releasing it publicly and have made a free Demo Version available to the world, we could not resist the temptation to launch a contest to discover what colorists would do with the application and also possibly discover some new artists coming to the world of Color Grading.

Everyone will be using the same footage and the same application to create and submit their work. It is a level playing field in which everyone has a chance to succeed. This contest is 100% about creativity and artistry, and the person to win should have the best idea and execution to match.

We don’t care if you are a seasoned professional or a first-time colorist. We are excited about the possibilities that new technologies like Ai bring to the table. It is just another step in empowering visual storytelling and artistic and creative expression.

You do not need to make any purchase to enter the competition.

Ready to Start?

The premise of the contest is very straightforward Tell us a story through a look. Colourlab Ai Demo is free, and it is quick to learn and fun to use, and you don't have to be a professional colorist to enter. It comes with a series of training tutorials and examples for look creation.

All contestants are going to be using the same footage. This way, the winner will not be the person with better or more expensive production, but someone with strong ideas and execution. The footage for the sample project is provided by RAW.FILM and is licensed for this contest. You may not use the footage for any other purpose. You may share your Look Deck created with Colourlab Ai on social media provided you tag @colorlab.ai and @rawfilmstock.

We have included in the sample project a variety of shots with no particular context and story. It is your job to come up with a compelling idea and express it through a look. You can pick any shot from the Sample sequence for your hero look.
While it looks simple on the surface, Colourlab Ai is an entirely different color grading application compared to any software out there. Architecturally, it is more similar to the Tesla AutoPilot than Color Grading software. At first, it might appear limiting, but there is so much more to discover. Your creativity counts.
Ai Match is an entirely new tool, and you did not have a chance to play with it before. It looks at the images and drives the controls for you. It will let you use any still image as a reference and help you extract its look DNA and lend itself to the source with a completely new meaning.
The use of reference images is highly encouraged, which is why it takes only one click to take you to the world’s biggest database for film research and education – Shot Deck. There you will be able to find countless sources of inspiration. But do not be limited to cinematic content alone. You can use any images that you find inspiring.
Working with different Matching Models is an integral part of interaction with the Ai Match engine. You are presented with an array of options and models that operate on different premise and offer different results
Do not hesitate to give your look that final touch by continuing where Ai Match stops. Use manual controls to fine-tune the result. You can use LUTs, and Colourlab Ai comes with a library of analog film stocks used by some of Hollywood biggest colorists. You can also import your own custom LUTs as well.
Do not just try to copy a look from one famous movie or another. This is not what we are looking for. We are interested in your original idea and your unique look, reference images, and declaration of intent.
It is an essential part of your submission. This is where you will describe your idea and your creative intent. Judges will value your execution but will look in relation to these few sentences.

Colourlab Ai Demo Version has a great feature called Look Deck. It creates a beautiful look pdf with reference look, palette, your name, remaining shots in the sequence, and reference images used.

Please note – Only one submission per candidate. Please see our complete Terms & Conditions here.

Competition Judges

Meet the Judges

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Vincent Laforet

Vincent Laforet is a DGA Director and commercial Photographer that specializes in aerial work. Laforet shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography as a member of The New York Times staff. He has been awarded 3 of the prestigious Cannes Lions (Platinum, Gold, Silver) for his commercial directing work and was recently recruited by Apple to be part of their new Pro Workflow Group.

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Lawrence Sher

Lawrence Sher, ASC is an American cinematographer and film director, best known for comedy films such as Garden State, The Dictator, and The Hangover series. He was nominated for an Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography for the 2019 film Joker.

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Nat Jencks

Nat Jencks is a NYC based colorist and VFX artist. Past projects range from studio features to Indie films and include work for directors Steven Soderbergh, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Todd Haynes, Barry Levinson, and many other filmmakers.

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Walter Volpatto

Walter Volpatto of Company 3 Hollywood is a 15-year industry veteran whose credits include 2019 Academy-Award Best Picture Winner Green Book, Dunkirk, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and, most recently, Amazon Studios’ critically-acclaimed series Homecoming.

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Andrea Chlebak

Andrea Chlebak began her career as a colorist in 2007 at Digital Film Central in Vancouver. She joined Deluxe (EFILM and Encore Hollywood) in 2018. Her projects range from Hollywood sci-fi features like Elysium and Chappie to Mandy and Ma and the animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Media from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.

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Mark Toia

Originating from a very successful career as an advertising photographer, Mark Toia moved into commercial production. His clients desired to bring his exceptional photographic eye to the small screen. Mark Toia has now become one of the most sought after directors in the advertising world. Toia’s prowess and success is due to his ability to reinvent himself. He’s always looking for new inspiration, continually finding new technologies to aid his work and learning new crafts to help create images that have compelling screen presence, not to mention more on-screen value.

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Lynette Duensing

Colorist par excellence, bringing artistic vision and cutting edge looks to theatrical trailers, feature film digital intermediates, and commercials. She is still giving Celluloid “some love” in the digital world, grading preservation and restoration projects. She has worked as a senior colorist in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and Shanghai using Lustre Resolve and Baselight color grading platforms.

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High-End Image Processing Consultancy

Color Intelligence has established itself as a high-end image processing consultancy. It has been working with major studios and media enterprises on advanced HDR color pipelines and providing specialized color grading plug-ins for look design and creation.

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