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TV Land’s ‘Younger’ Combines Styles and Stories

The TV Land series Younger centers on Liza Miller, a 40-year-old recent divorcee who poses as a 26 year old to land a job at a New York publishing house. The premise serves as a springboard for a thoughtful brand of comedy that subverts stereotypes surrounding professional women of all ages.

Liza (Sutton Foster)

Cinematographer John Thomas supports Younger‘s layered, multigenerational story through the use of several distinct looks and camera techniques, each highlighting a different aspect of Liza’s increasingly fragmented life.

The looks are further enhanced by senior colorist Anthony Raffaele in grading sessions at Technicolor PostWorks. “Younger has a cinematic look, with a lot more attention to detail than you typically see in television comedy,” Raffaele says.

Maggie (Debi Mazar, left), Liza’s best friend, convinces
Liza to start a new life as a 26 year old.

During the grading sessions, Raffaele concentrates on refining light and contrast to draw attention to specific characters, highlight or subdue background elements, and shape mood. “Anthony is sensitive to the emotional needs of the script,” says Thomas. “He uses the tools available to him in the color suite to help us tell the story.”

Raffaele grades Younger using a FilmLight Baselight system. Editorial conforming is done by finishing editor Mike Nuget on an Avid Symphony equipped with FilmLight’s Baselight for Avid plug-in. This workflow allows Raffaele and Nuget to share elements efficiently and preserves quality by reducing the need to render.

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