18 Aug BEHIND THE LOOK: Deceit
Picture Shop’s Alex Gascoigne re-unites with director Niall MacCormick and cinematographer Jan Jonaeus to create a shadowy and foreboding look for Channel 4 Drama – Deceit.
Deceit is a gripping four-part drama, starring Niamh Algar, based on the true story of a controversial honeytrap at the heart of the 1992 police investigation into the murder of a young mother in London.
The series was directed by Niall MacCormick and lensed by Jan Jonaeus, who worked closely with Picture Shop Senior Colourist Alex Gascoigne to create the look for the series.
“I had previously worked with director Niall MacCormick and cinematographer Jan Jonaeus on The Victim (BBC One), so it was a great pleasure to be able to work with them both again. I had several conversations with Jan prior to the shoot to discuss his ideas for the look of the series. He sent me his mood boards which featured images from such films as Drive and Joker. First and foremost, he was looking for striking uses of colours and strong contrast,” said Gascoigne.
“Using Baselight, we generated several iterations of show LUT options. Once Jan had settled on his favoured option, the LUT was used throughout the shoot. Given the intention to be bold with the look, it was especially important for all involved in the production to embrace the creative direction from the outset,” added Gascoigne.
“Throughout the grade process, I worked closely with Jan, albeit virtually, with him viewing via tecstream on his iPad. Jan’s noir-soaked photography defined much of the look of the police station offices and interrogation room scenes, and we aimed to keep the look shadowy and foreboding.
Shafts of light and striking colour contrasts occur throughout the show, with ‘Lizzie’s’ apartment often bathed in sodium and green-blue at night,” concluded Gascoigne.
Deceit is now streaming in the UK on All 4.