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MOONBASE 8: How it Happened

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MPC’s colourist Ricky Gausis on how he set the look for SHOWTIME’s eagerly-awaited comedy series

MOONBASE 8: How it Happened
A new six-part A24 comedy series, 'MOONBASE 8', which debuted on SHOWTIME, follows three subpar astronauts living at NASA's Moon Base Simulator with high hopes of being chosen to travel to the moon. A series of unexpected circumstances forces the astronauts to question their own mental sanity, trust in each other and whether or not they're cut out for space travel after all.

Colourist at MPC, Ricky Gausis, worked with director Jonathan Krisel ('Portlandia', 'Baskets') and DP Carl Herse ('Black Monday', 'Kroll Show') on the show, starring Emmy nominee Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly.

Ricky graded the entire series, working closely with Herse, who he collaborated with on SHOWTIME’s Emmy-nominated Black Monday.

Commenting on the inspiration behind the look of the show, Ricky said: “Carl sent me references for Rinko Kawauchi for the interior set ups and Joel Sternfeld for the show exteriors. In the case of Rinko's photography, it served more as feeling for us with her softer contrast and more ethereal cool tones, while the exteriors played into the warm, baron and vast landscape world of Joel Sternfeld's photography.”

Commenting on the two distinct looks in the series, Ricky explained: “Combining the two different styles really helped to break up the two worlds and clearly remind the viewer that they aren't on the moon when they do venture out of the base. Using Joel Sternfeld as a reference meant that we were unmistakably grounded in reality for the exteriors to play off the slightly slicker and more sci-fi tones inside the base.”

“It's always incredibly smooth collaborating with Carl and artistically satisfying. I'm really proud of the look of the show we've crafted along with director Jonathan Krisel,” Ricky concluded.

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Production Company: A24 and Abso Lutely Productions

Director: Jonathan Krisel

DP: Carl Herse

Executive Producers: Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, Jonathan Krisel, John C. Reilly, Dave Kneebone, Eric Wareheim, Ravi Nandan, Inman Young

Colour: MPC

Colourist: Ricky Gausis

Executive Producer, Colour: Meghan Lang

Mill LA, Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:42:39 GMT