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19.10.2013: "DETECTIVE DOWNS" - FEATURE FILM ONLINE & COMPOSITING

Detective stories have been movie favorites since the birth of film. We´ve all seen the typical private eye characters who have some sort of dysfunction.
It´s become some sort of a cliché. Fortunately a fresh breath of air is coming to genre!

Detective Downs is a completely new take on the private investigator theme.

The lead character, Robert Bogerud, brilliantly played by Svein André Hofsø has got Down's Syndrome.
This of course changes the way an audience will perceive his character and in turn effects the dynamic of the story.
But rest assured the film reaches a new, clever, charismatic level due to the screen presence of Svein André Hofsø.

Even before the Norwegian premiere, Hofsø won the award for best actor at Fantastic Fest 2013.
This alone sends a signal that this movie should be taken seriously.

The main character, Robert, is really in to the whole Private Investigator gig, but nobody actually takes him seriously.
He has his own office, a trench-coat and a Bogart-hat. All he needs is his first case.
Suddenly he gets a call about a case of a missing person. The former world speed skater Olav Starr has disappeared.

The truth of the matter is that Starr's family don´t really want to find Olav. Therefore they hire an investigator that they think will fail.
Robert dives in to the trail of clues in his own special way and surprises the newfound clients.

Director Bard Breien has created a unique universe, containing classic drama, with plenty of cool comedy, unsimular to anything I've seen before.
This film is not uncomfortable at all. It´s very entertaining, and extremely respectful concerning people who have Down's Syndrome.

I had the pleasure to do the online on this project. Which included the main online for the feature film, trailer and promo.
This also included some compositing and motion graphics work.

Nordisk Film ShortCut Norway (the company I work for) handled the sound design, grade, online and mastering.
The main VFX-vendor was Arri in Germany.

Be sure to see this movie. It hits the Norwegian cinemas 25th of October 2013.

Check out the trailer!

Credit shortlist:
Production Company: Friland Film
Producers: Paul Røed , Asle Vatn
Director: Bård Breien
Screenplay: Bård Breien , Eske Troelstrup
Cast: , , , Sven Nordin , Liv Bernhoft Osa , Per Schaanning
DOP: Gaute Gunnari
Film Editor: Zaklina Stojcevska
Sound Design: Tormod Ringnes
Original Music: Chris Minh Doky
VFX: Arri VFX
Colorist: Julien Alary
Online Editor: Dylan R. Hopkin

Full credits:
IMDB-page

Facts:
Camera: Arri Alexa (Prores4444, 1080p24)
Aspect: 2.39:1
Duration: approx. 90 minutes
Release date: 28 October 2013

Post-production gear:
Online: Autodesk Smoke / Adobe After Effects
Grade: Da Vinci Resolve (Linux)
Audio: Digidesign Protools
DCP: DVS Clipster

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