The second season of AMC’s horror anthology series, “The Terror: Infamy,” is set during World War II as bizarre deaths haunt a Japanese American community. In a departure from traditional color finish workflows, the series’ colorist, Encore Vancouver’s Thor Roos, and lead Cinematographer, John Conroy, ISC, collaborated before filming began. Upon reviewing John’s early camera tests, Thor understood his vision for the look and honed the color approach accordingly, developing on-set LUTs for Encore Vancouver Colorist Chad Band to use during the dailies color correction.
“While this show is a period piece that opens in a small California fishing community, John was clear that it was also a Japanese horror film and we should maintain that feeling,” Thor said. “While establishing a wonderful heavy contrast for the show it was very important to John that we preserved the beautiful reds and yellows in the wardrobe. This was the genesis of the LUT I created for this season.”
To emphasize the narrative’s horror origins, John and Thor applied various lens aberrations during the color finish, employing defocus and blur tools to enhance story points and foreshadow the supernatural possessions. Thor also worked closely with Cinematographer Barry Donlevy on later episodes, continuing the general aesthetic set by John.
“One of my favorite scenes of the series takes place early in episode one on a dock at magic hour. The colors are amazing and it sets the tone for what’s to come perfectly,” explained Thor. “The entire creative process for this project’s color correction was incredible. Working with John and Barry were two of the best collaborations of my career, and it was rewarding to help craft a consistent mood and feel a series that spans several years and very different locations.”
“The Terror: Infamy” premiered on AMC August 12, 2019. For more info, visit: https://www.amc.com/shows/the-terror