PASSION – Leo Hallal on Colour-Grading “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power”

Blueberry Colourist Leo Hallal has been grading for directors/producers Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen for many years now on projects like “The Island President” and “Audrie and Daisy”, both available on Netflix. His most recent collaboration with the filmmakers is An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, the follow up to the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”.

A decade after the first film brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, the riveting and rousing follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. In the film, former US Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Leo shared with us his thoughts about working on the film:

I was thrilled when I was asked to fly to San Francisco to grade An inconvenient Sequel. This was going to be the most important documentary I have graded, with Paramount Pictures scheduled to release it in early 2017. Then Donald Trump got elected president. 

What was to be an update of what happened since An Inconvenient Truth came out in 2006, suddenly became a channel of resistance. The filmmakers had to go back to recut the film in the new gloomy context of the United States pulling out of the Paris Agreement in climate change denial.

Visually, it had to be beautifully naturalistic, very much like the work of Sir David Attenborough, Ansel Adams and what we see on the National Geographic magazine. The beauty in Nature is key as the most direct visual expression of love and care for the planet.

I am very proud of being part of such an important film for generations to come and hopefully we were able to help inspire the urge to act.”

Leo Hallal