HBO MAX Original
Narrated by Keke Palmer, Not So Pretty is the first-ever comprehensive large-scale investigative exposé of the trillion-dollar cosmetics, beauty and personal care industry. Celebrated and groundbreaking filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (Allen v. Farrow, On The Record, The Hunting Ground) take this unregulated industry to task via rigorous investigations, incisive wit and emotional storytelling to inform audiences of the hidden hazards of cosmetics and safe, budget-friendly alternatives for their daily products.
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After filming new and pickup interviews on greenscreen, the goal was to match the interviews to a handful of practically shot counterparts. With a compressed timeline, we built the backgrounds from a mixture of live-action plate and stock images using depth mattes to create 2 camera angles for each composite. The final composites were made in ACES and delivered in slog3, matched to the practicals, so they could be colored with the original interviews by DXD “as shot on camera” in the finishing process.
When it came to graphics; simple, clean, evidence presentation with a nod to the original medium was the goal. In order to draw the viewer to pertinent information, elements were highlighted and faded on in order of importance.
Jane Doe Films
Finishing by DxD
Interview Green Screen VFX and Additional Graphics by Milkhaus
DIRECTED BY KIRBY DICK AMY ZIERING
WRITTEN BY KIRBY DICK KATE GRIENDLING JOHN A. HEIMUTH III AMY ZIERING
NARRATED BY KEKE PALMER PRODUCED BY ALEXANDRA MARSKE
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER KIRBY DICK AMY ZIERING TARA LONG
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER KATE GRIENDLING RYAN MAZIE
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY THADDEUS WADLEIGH EDITED BY BRIAN GIBERSON EDWARD PATRICK ALVA
COMPOSITED BY JAMES DURÉE DESIGN & ANIMATION KEITH LOWRY PAUL SLOBODA
DESIGN & ANIMATION / MAIN TITLES BIL WHITE
GRAPHIC ARTIST LAUREN TOLFA PRODUCER FOR MILKHAUS CATHY TREKLOFF