Created by Saturday Night Live alums Fred Armisen and Julio Torres along with fellow comedian Ana Fabrega, the Spanish-language comedy series Los Espookys follows a crew of millennials from Mexico who participate in the ever-growing gig economy through their shared passion for all things horror.
Not unlike Armisen’s eight-season IFC series Portlandia, Los Espookys boasts a revolving door of characters, curiosities and scenarios that provide a veritable playground for cinematographers Benjamín Echazarreta and Arnaldo Rodríguez.
The series follows a group of queer friends trying to turn their love of horror into a successful business, where most of their jobs consist of fabricating horror film-like situations and tricking people into thinking they are real.
For the series’ second season, final color was provided out of Light Iron New York, where colorist Katie Jordan worked with FilmLight’s Baselight color-grading system.
“Los Espookys has created such a rich, macabre world filled with punches of theatrical fantasy,” says Jordan. “In the color grading, it was important to keep the moodiness but also lean into the more colorful, theatrical moments and make them pop, enhancing the surrealness created by the lighting and characters.”
Los Espookys premiered on HBO in 2019 and the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered last month.