DIGITAL MELANIN CINEMATOGRAPHY (DMC) has been at the heart of our creative process over the years but we’ve officially established it in 2020 as an organization that will lead the way with regards to the introduction of new image making process techniques that focus on preserving and presenting melanin rich skin in digital cinema.

Products and Services


Comprehensive Service

We offer a comprehensive service in that we design an image processing pipeline (IPP) that is conscious of the combination of tools that are being used for image capture such as the cameras sensors, lenses, light sources, art direction, wardrobe and make up. We take the filmmakers through a series of tests that allow us to capture and sample a variety of skin tones that will be in the production.


DI Process

After this test phase we extract the data that the camera has captured from the tests and we feed that into our DI process (Digital Intermediate) where we run the data from the camera sensor through our ‘digital chemicals’ to which output a good base for the filmmakers to view their skin tones before creating the look or the identity of the film.


LUTs (Look Up Tables)

After this we generate LUTs (Look Up Tables) which will be transferred onto a LUT box that the cinematographer will use to preview his negative on set so that they expose within the confines of the data that came from the tests.

In the Media

Read the recent blog posts about Digital Melanin
Melanin and Cinematography
Melanin and Cinematography
Looking at the Challenges of Lighting Darker Skin Tones

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Research Partners

Research Partner - CSIR
Research Partner - The Innovation Hub
Research Partner - Panavision
Reaserch Partner - Visual Impact


Our Values
  • Our organization centers itself around reliability and consistency as pillars to success and the value for an open minded approach to exploring the dynamic between scientific and creative possibilities.
  • Unit M41
  • Mark Shuttleworth Street
  • Innovation Centre
  • The Innovation Hub
  • Lynnwood 0084
  • CERTELLE NPC 10TH Floor,
  • Musgrave Towers,
  • 115 Musgrave Road
  • Berea
  • Durban 4001

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