FINISHING TOUCHES: Airlie Beach colour grader Justin Heitman’s work is featured on Chris Lilley’s latest production
FINISHING TOUCHES: Airlie Beach colour grader Justin Heitman’s work is featured on Chris Lilley’s latest production "Jonah From Tonga".

Whitsundays link to new comedy series

COMEDIAN Chris Lilley unveiled another comedy series on the ABC last week and there is a strong link to the Whitsundays.

Justin Heitman of JJ Pictures is the colourist for "Jonah from Tonga" which is aired at 9pm on Wednesdays.

Mr Heitman was in Melbourne for the launch of the show last week and has also worked on other popular Australian productions including: The Dish, The Castle, Kenny, Crackerjack, Kath and Kim and The Secret Life of Us.

More recently he has worked on other Chris Lilley productions - Angry Boys, Ja'mie Private School Girl and now Jonah from Tonga.

The aim of colour grading is to balance the images shot from various cameras that may not match in colour, brightness, contrast and more.

The process creates an atmosphere and "look and feel" of a scene.

The Jonah from Tonga series was edited in Melbourne and then sent to JJ Pictures for the colour grading process.

"Scenes are sometimes shot over many hours; the lighting may change and therefore needs to be balanced to appear to have been shot in the short period of time that the scene is set," Mr Heitman said.

"This is where the art of colour grading really comes in. I can manipulate the colours of each and every shot and furthermore, every colour of every shot to appear as the director wishes."

The colour grading for the series was done over a period of four months.

Mr Heitman is an experienced photographer, videographer and colour grader who has lived in the Whitsundays for eight years.


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