Encore Senior Colorist Tony D’Amore has forged a reputation as an HDR pioneer for his episodic work, including several shows in the Marvel/Netflix library such as “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” “Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” and “Marvel’s The Defenders.” Enlisted to grade these shows in Dolby Vision HDR, which offers both a wider range of rich colors and a greater contrast ratio so that a show’s visuals can reach their full potential, D’Amore has the opportunity to visualize an entire extended universe while establishing uniquely identifiable looks around each series.
For season two of “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” which was released September 7th on Netflix, D’Amore collaborated closely with DP Niels Alpert and showrunner Raven Metzner to evolve the overall look of the show. With all new sets and locations, the look became naturally moodier, prompting D’Amore to move beyond the show’s standard green-based palette.
“With these new environments, Niels, Raven and I all agreed to be less deliberate about the color and if a certain set or location leaned one way, we didn’t force the color another way,” explained D’Amore. “The familiar green tone is still present in the overall look of the show, but we’ve opened it up more and embraced the darker mood. Plus, in HDR it has all of the rich colors and contrast that fans appreciate. This season viewers will see some very cool character aspects that really shine in HDR.”
“Marvel’s Iron Fist” season two was filmed on the RED Weapon, and graded in Dolby Vision HDR on a Dolby Pulsar 4000-nit monitor, one of only a handful in use around the world. D’Amore opted not to use a LUT in order to maintain the widest possible color gamut throughout the workflow, although he did create a custom LUT for production to preview looks on set and for dailies.
All episodes of “Marvel’s Iron Fist” are now streaming on Netflix. More info here.