70s TV Look

Look Inspiration – Getting the 70s TV Inspired Retro Look

January 21, 2016

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There is a time in every colorist’s life when we need to add some retro 70s TV vibes to footage!

This insight is based on both creating a parody of 70s tv shows rather than imitating it and also giving difficult tasks your best shot.

When this job started I had two options.

Say this isn’t my department the VFX guys will do this.


Give it my best shot and have fun doing it!

I decided to tell the clients that I would give it my best shot but feel free to throw it in the garbage and get it redone professionally.

The clients really appreciated my effort and my look ended up making 90% of the vibe that they wanted.

The lesson I learned was always to give a 100% sometimes you might surprise yourself!

If you’d like to find the TV that I used to help inspire the look you can find it here.

Check out my video below to check out my cheesy look in action.



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    • Jason Bowdach

      Fantastic breakdown!! Likely my favorite look breakdown you’ve shown, as it hit one of the requests I sent in. Many thanks, Dan

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