How TV series Utopia got its comic book look (Wired UK)

Like comic-book artists, Munden and colourist Aidan Farrell
carefully colour-correct each shot in post-production — though
they use grading software Nucoda Film Master instead of a brush or
pen. “It’s the equivalent of when they used to hand-paint photos in
the Edwardian times,” says Munden. “So, we choose certain colours
like yellow and turquoise and paint them into the shots afterwards.
The skies that we shot weren’t always blue, they were mostly grey
British skies. The same goes for making grass greener, eyes
brighter, or turning a blue van yellow.”

The colour palette for series two, airing Monday 14 July
onwards, is even bolder — with production now aided by sets that
are pre-prepared for grading. “In series one, where we were still
trying to find this aesthetic, it was difficult to manipulate
colours in a shot that weren’t part of the palette. This time, we
can afford to dress the sets in more yellows, cyans and magentas so
in post-production we can make them bolder. We had a much clearer
idea of what we were looking for.” As for the central mystery
itself, Munden is keeping it under wraps — although he does hint
towards one mysterious episode that he’s not allowed to talk about.
“It’s mad, I can tell you that.”

Utopia starts
Monday 14 July at 10pm on Channel 4.

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