Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. The only constant in their lives is danger and each other. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to control the power of darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart. Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Emma Lahana, Jaime Zevallos, Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, Carl Lundstedt, and J.D. Evermore.
Airing on Freeform, the new series' pilot was colored by Encore's Shane Harris. Encore’s Tony D’Amore graded the rest of the episodes, applying low contrast and low color saturation for a unique look that showcased the light and dark aspects of the superhero powers.
Countering Tyrone’s dark energy effect was a challenge on the project, but D’Amore raised the black level, adding blur effects to shorten the optical depth of field. He worked closely with DP Cliff Charles, each episode’s director, and executive producer and showrunner Joe Pokaski. Together they determined how best to shape the frame through power windows, highlight keys and blur effects to keep the audience focused on key parts of the screen while maintaining Charles’ rich photography.
The process of coloring the show was quite fluid, with different color approaches used for most scenes and locations. Explained D’Amore, “No single LUT would work across scenes because the looks are so unique and varied, so production combined the standard LOG-LIN LUT with their imaginations on set, then I helped take the look the rest of the way.”
Catch all-new episodes of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Thursdays, 8/7c, on Freeform.
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