Dirty Looks was set up in 2010 by Tom Balkwill to offer filmmakers a tailored creative experience, in a top end cinematic space. Specialising in colour grading and mastering of independent British feature films, Dirty Looks has also collaborated with directors of commercials, music videos, documentaries,, broadcast long form, short films and fashion promos. Projects range from Danny Boyle’s London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony shorts (including the Queen jumping out of the helicopter) to Terrence Davies’s and Jonathan Glazer’s latest feature films.
Only the best equipment has been chosen for Dirty Looks, including 4K DCI projection by Christie, Dolby and Sony HD monitoring, conform, grading and mastering on Baselight, along with encrypted DCP facilities and 5.1 Genelec sound. The spacious theatre on Oxford Street / Rathbone Place has a huge 6m screen, relaxed environment, Truelight certified calibration and can seat over 20 people. Plus quite a few prams for occasional family screenings!
Down the road on Wardour St is Dirty Looks’ second site, with a grading suite and Online suite at Aquarium Studios. Their attic room has become a fantastic space for Baselight grading in HD on the large Dolby grade 1 monitor. Jake Chapman’s The Marriage Of Reason And Squalor was graded for long form broadcast on Sky in this suite, along with Online and AS-11 DPP delivery.