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Color, Contrast, Creativity on ‘American Gods’

"The subject matter and imagery is abstract and the grade goes along with it."

Rob Bessette dissects the color grade

on the Starz series 

American Gods

, performed by Company 3’s Dave Hussey. After examining each visual style developed for the show, Bessette concludes, “For me, in terms of color, the look of

American Gods

is all about contrast.

“It’s heavy. Really heavy. Lots of deep, deep blacks paired with some nice highlights that really pop. Those combined with sharpening and some slight desaturation make for a very gritty piece. It’s aggressive, and I like it.

“The subject matter and imagery is abstract and the grade goes along with it. It’s nice to see a show that’s not afraid to push the envelope and take the image a little further than the audience is used to.”

American Gods: Producing the Visceral, Visually Powerful Series

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