Koji LUT Suite – A True 35mm Film Color For Digital Filmmakers by Acclaimed Hollywood Colorists


Shooting digital and trying to emulate that organic 35mm film look has been often been the holy grail for most DSRL filmmakers and those shooting in compressed formats. Up until recent years, getting that film look wasn’t as easy. There’s more to just colour and texture to achieving a cinematic image, but getting that organic color and texture in the digital image plays a huge part.

There’s a few color tools out there which provide either true 35mm and 16mm emulsions in LUT or layover effect form such as Filmconvert or CrumplePop just to name a few. Filmmakers and colorists often create their own in tools such as DaVinci Resolve, which has become more and more popular since Blackmagic Design started to bundle it with some of their cameras.


Koji Color recently announced their Koji LUT Suite aimed at digital filmmakers. Lead by a veteran Hollywood colorist Dale Grahn, who color timed movies for Stephen Spielberg (an avid film preservationist and supporter), Wes Anderson, Ridley Scott and many others, the team at Koji Color aimed at producing “accurate motion picture film color” for digital filmmakers.

The Koji LUT Suite is compatible with popular software such as DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, After Effects, and Autodesk Smoke.

Introduction to Koji from Koji Color on Vimeo.

Koji works natively inside your NLE or color correction software. It is easily applied it to the digital footage, and then users can use the app’s color correction controls to manipulate the image. Koji already contains all of the necessary color space and gamma conversions required, so shooters can focus on your creative grade.

Koji works with a wide range of modern cameras from RED, to Blackmagic, Canon, Panasonic GH2, GH3, GH4 and Arri Alexa/Amira. Koji comes in three different flavours:

  • Koji DLSR – tailored towards DSLRs $199

– Supports Canon DSLR, Blackmagic cameras (Video mode)
– Panasonic GH2, GH3, GH4, Sony FS700 (Rec.709 only)

  • Koji LOG – For log footage $299

– Supports REDlogFilm, Arri Log C, BMDFilm, Canon C-Log,
– Cineon, Sony SLog3. Also includes Koji DSLR.

  • Koji STUDIO – $799

– Full color separation.
– DCI-P3 output.
– For experienced colorists. Also includes Koji DSLR and Koji Log.


Here’s a short test shot by Paul Schefz utilising the Koji Color LUT Suite.

P 1 from paul schefz on Vimeo.


October 8, 2014
Minneapolis, Minnesota – Koji Color has announced the release of Koji, a suite of highly accurate 35mm film emulation tools for digital filmmakers. Led by acclaimed film color timer Dale Grahn (Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, Apocalypse Now Redux), Koji brings the striking color of true 35mm film to digital filmmakers for the first time.
Seeing that film as a medium was facing possible extinction, the Koji team began in 2011 to attempt the accurate preservation of film color.   Working with experts around the world and the top film labs in Hollywood, the team was able to preserve six 35mm print stocks, sometimes rescuing film cans from stock rooms at the last possible moment.  These recovered film stocks were painstakingly preserved digitally, and are now available for use by digital filmmakers.
With Koji, you can:
* Easily apply 35mm film color in Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe SpeedGrade, Adobe After Effects, and Autodesk Smoke.

* Dramatically increase the image quality of your digital film, whether it was shot on a DSLR, Blackmagic camera, RED Dragon, or Arri Alexa.
* Choose from among six 35mm film stocks, each with a unique look and history, including five color and one black and white stock.

Koji is available as three different packages:
* Koji DSLR. Brings beautiful, highly accurate film color to footage shot on DSLRs. Works with a wide variety of camera formats including Canon DSLRs, Panasonic DSLRs, and Blackmagic cameras (video mode).
* Koji Log. Fast, powerful film color for log footage. Designed to work natively with REDlogFilm, Arri Log C, BMDFilm, BMDFilmV2, Canon C-Log, and Sony SLog3.
* Koji Studio. Advanced film color for experienced colorists. Includes technical versions of the Koji film stocks with full color separation, as well as DCI-P3 output for Cineon.

”With Koji, you will learn many things about color timing,” said Dale Grahn. “And one of them will be that the two worlds –digital and film – are very much alike. Each with their advantages and disadvantages. We are now in a digital world and all of the images graded using Koji will be digitally corrected with digital tools. Yet the tools will come from a film color timer’s perspective. Hopefully the best of both worlds.  We hope you enjoy both worlds!”
About Koji Color:
Koji Color is a leading provider of 35mm film emulation software for digital filmmakers. Koji’s color team is led by Dale Grahn, acclaimed film color timer for Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and on hundreds of major films.

Device Requirements:

* Requires MacOS 10.8 or higher

* 4GB Ram
* OpenCL-capable or Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics card
* 256GB of VRAM
* 500MB of disk space

Pricing and Availability:
* Koji DSLR (US$199)
* Koji Log (US$299)
* Koji Studio (US$799)

Koji DSLR, Log, and Studio are available worldwide exclusively through the Koji Color web store (www.kojicolor.com). You can find us on Facebook (Koji Color) and Twitter (@kojicolor).

[via Koji Color / Filmmaker Magazine]

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