- This article focuses on the Burbank, California company. For the general video technique used by Filmlook, Inc. see Film look.
FILMLOOK Inc. is a post-production company based in Burbank, California. Established in 1992, it specializes in a form of image processing used on television programs, commonly known as film look. The company has won an Emmy Award for its technical achievements.
The Filmlook process affects three main features to achieve the appearance of film: motion characteristics, gray scale/contrast, and grain pattern.
- Motion characteristics – With some video cameras, you see 60 interlaced pictures per second versus 24 in film. The Filmlook process attempts to replicate the feel of film. Newer digital cameras can shoot at a progressive 24 frames per second.
- Greyscale/contrast – Filmlook alters the gray scale, color, and contrast to approximate the typical film characteristic – the "film density curve".
- Simulation of grain pattern – A generated grain pattern that can be varied in intensity and attempts to imitate film grain by remaining static for the duration of each (imaginary) film frame (two or three fields).
Invented in 1989, the Filmlook image processing was first used in a test run in a 1991 episode of the ABC sitcom Growing Pains titled "Not With My Carol You Don't". However, the first television series to regularly use Filmlook was Beakman's World, a kid-oriented science series which ran from 1992–1996 on CBS. In 1995, Filmlook was used on the LL Cool J sitcom In the House. However, when the series moved from NBC to UPN in 1996, the series began using unprocessed video.
In recent years, Filmlook has become known for its use on nearly all Disney Channel Original Series made from 2002 to 2008 (except Phil of the Future which was shot on film). That's So Raven, which at one point was the channel's most-watched series, was the first Disney Channel show to use the processing. Since then, four other original series on the channel have had their taped product processed by the company: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Hannah Montana, That's So Raven spinoff Cory in the House and The Suite Life on Deck. Filmlook processing has also been used on segments within the Nickelodeon series "The Amanda Show" for commercial parodies and the mock teen series "Moody's Point."
List of television productions that use/have used Filmlook
- American High
- American Candidate
- Beakman's World (one first-season episode did not go through the process)
- Chasing the Sun
- Chicken Soup for the Soul
- Cory in the House
- Cosby – Used primarily on the "street" set during the first season.
- Crossed Over – television special
- Drake & Josh – used only in season 1, utilized a 'filmized' appearance afterwards
- The Doodlebops - Used in most season 1, and half of season 2 episodes.
- Endurance† – used from 2005–2008
- Founding Brothers – television special
- Founding Fathers – television special
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – used only in 1 episode, "Viva Lost Wages", only during the Las Vegas scenes
- Growing Pains† – used only in 1 episode, "Not With My Carol You Don't"
- Hannah Montana (season 1–3)
- Haunted Hotels – television special
- In the House – used from 1995–1996
- It's a Miracle
- Kingdom of David
- Living Dolls
- Making the Band
- Military Diaries
- The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
- The Ponderosa
- The Power of Play – television special
- The Adventures of Jay Jay & Jayime - until "Race To The Power Of Power"
- Saturday Night Live
- Saved by the Bell – used only in TV movie Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style
- Secret Adventures of Jules Verne
- So Little Time
- Special Forces
- The Amanda Show – segments
- The John Larroquette Show
- The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
- The Suite Life on Deck
- That's So Raven
- The Two Hundredth Anniversary Special on West Point – television special
- The City
- Unsolved Mysteries
- Untold Stories of the Navy Seals – television special
- Vet School Confidential
- World War II: When Lions Roared
- Wizards of Waverly Place – used only in 3 episodes)
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†Denotes series that were previously or otherwise broadcast with unprocessed video.