Ground Control Reigns In The Historical Drama Stakes With Its Reign Cinematic Looks LUT Set.

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Ground Control is an independent producer of cinematic looks LUTs aimed at independent moviemakers, especially those of us shooting with Rec.709-using Canon DSLRs, the many cameras made by Blackmagic Design, GoPro action cameras and the Panasonic GH4 and GH3 mirrorless hybrids. GC also creates some excellent color grading training videos.

Ground Control’s product naming convention is evocative – current featured products include Hangtime, Vengeance, Titan and Reign. Reign is one of their most recent releases and I recently tried it out on some 4K Cinelike D footage shot on the camera that currently goes everywhere, my Panasonic Lumix GH4.

Reign is also the name of an historical drama TV series about the early life of Mary, Queens of Scots, set in the period before her ill-fated reign as Queen of Scotland then Queen Consort of France.

I haven’t watched Reign but I can’t help thinking that Ground Control’s Reign looks LUTs would be perfect for grading historical dramas or any project demanding moody, deep-toned scenes and dark, expressive acting.

Interesting then that Reign the TV show received a Hollywood Post Alliance Awards gong for Outstanding Color Grading – Television in 2014. Reign’s third season is slated to begin showing on US TV broadcast network The CW on October 9, so I will definitely be checking it out.

Rocco’s family runs two of the most popular dining establishments in my suburb. Still frame from 4K footage shot on my Panasonic Lumix GH4 with Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens using a customized Cinelike D photo style. Graded with the R52 LUT from the Ground Control Reign LUT set.

Rocco’s family runs two of the most popular dining establishments in my suburb. Still frame from 4K footage shot on my Panasonic Lumix GH4 with Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens using a customized Cinelike D photo style. Graded with the R52 LUT from the Ground Control Reign LUT set.

Graded with the Florence LUT from the Ground Control Reign LUT set. Still frame from 4K footage shot with modified Cinelike D photo style on a Panasonic Lumix GH4.

Graded with the Florence LUT from the Ground Control Reign LUT set. Still frame from 4K footage shot with modified Cinelike D photo style on a Panasonic Lumix GH4.

Graded with the Paradise LUT from the Ground Control Reign LUT set. Still frame from 4K footage shot with modified Cinelike D photo style on a Panasonic Lumix GH4.

Graded with the Paradise LUT from the Ground Control Reign LUT set. Still frame from 4K footage shot with modified Cinelike D photo style on a Panasonic Lumix GH4.

Another item also worth checking out is a very unLUT-like product from Ground Control called The Labelr. Available for Mac OS X and Windows, Ground Control describes it as “the easiest and fastest tool for batch renaming media on Windows or OS X!“ I am currently trying it out in its Mac OS X version and so far it has proven to be fast, with a simple, clean interface and it does a great job of something that would otherwise be tedious and time-consuming.

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Reign – Cinematic Film-Style LUTs for Blackmagic, GoPro, and More!

Reign LUTs – Cinematic Film-Style LUTs With Class!

Via Ground Control:

Reign is a beautifully designed collection of cinematic LUTs designed to make your footage look more like film. From old vintage looks, to modern film-stock inspired treatments, this pack is sure to give your next project that cinematic feeling it deserves!

Each LUT has a LOG version for use with your LOG format of choice as well as a Rec.709 version that can be used with any type of footage, added to existing color correction, or even combined with other LUTs for greater customization!

High quality cinematic looks built for the cameras you use every day. At a price that's as beautiful as the footage!

What's in the Pack?

Each version of REIGN comes with Rec.709 Versions and Protune, BMDFilm, or Generic LOG versions of these LUTs

Reign LUTs

Reign LUTS
GC_Reign_Beryl – Warm/Cool Treatment
GC_Reign_Charm – Vintage Film Style
GC_Reign_Florence – Skin Over Green
GC_Reign_Heat – Warm Filmic Style
GC_Reign_Love – Blank-Space Inspired Look
GC_Reign_Lure – Vintage Film Style
GC_Reign_Marble – Old Old Photograph
GC_Reign_Paradise – Heavy Warm Treatment
GC_Reign_R4 – Film-Inspired Custom Look
GC_Reign_R11 – Film-Inspired Custom Look
GC_Reign_R21 – Film-Inspired Custom Look
GC_Reign_R36 – Film-Inspired Custom Look
GC_Reign_R52 – Film Inspired Custom Look

(cover photo credit: snap from Ground Control)

Karin Gottschalk

Karin Gottschalk

Karin is a documentary moviemaker, journalist, photographer and teacher who conceived and cofounded an influential, globally-read, Australian magazine of contemporary art, culture and photography. While based in Europe, contributing to the magazine and working in advertising, she visualised a future telling the same sorts of stories with a movie camera and audio recorder. Now back in her home base in Sydney, Karin is pursuing her goal of becoming an independent, one-person, backpack multimedia journalist and documentary moviemaker. Mentorless and un-filmschooled, she is constantly learning and sharpening up her skill set.
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