Season two of National Geographic’s acclaimed anthology series "GENIUS" focuses on legendary artist Pablo Picasso (Antonio Banderas), requiring not just a new storyline but a new aesthetic to illustrate this visually-rich world. Encore Senior Colorist Pankaj Bajpai, who also colored season one, aimed for authenticity in translating the vibrant sensations of Picasso’s art – and personal volatility – to the screen.
Bajpai worked closely with DP Mathias Herndl to create an iconic color palette inspired by Picasso’s singular and unconventional artistic vision, allowing viewers to feel the visuals on a deeper level as though they’re inside a Picasso museum exhibit. The striking look also serves to highlight the dramatic turns in Picasso’s personal life – such as tumultuous marriages and affairs, and shifting personal and political alliances – depicted throughout the show.
Bajpai explained, “Early on in the project, Mathias and I spoke at length about the quality and texture of light. Our goal was to create visuals through both the photography and the color that reflect with the experience of having walked through an art gallery. It also helped that Antonio grew up in the same neighborhood as Picasso, and pointed out specific locations there that gave us further inspiration and helped us view the world through Picasso’s eyes.”
Executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, "GENIUS" has been a smash success for National Geographic, with season one becoming the network’s most-watched show of 2017 with 86M viewers worldwide, and earning a network-record ten Emmy nominations. The highly anticipated second season premiered on April 24 and is currently airing on Tuesday nights.