TV DRAMA
29.03.2016: "THE THIRD EYE (DET TREDJE ØYET)" SEASON 2 - TV DRAMA SERIES - GRADING

In the first season of "The third eye", police detective Viggo Lust caught the person who had kidnapped and killed his daughter Christina.
Two years have passed and now he is working the organized crime division.
A drug case he and his new partner, Ståle (), are working on ends up in the brutal murder of a small time drug dealer.
This is the start of a manhunt to find the killer, but also to solve several other intertwined storylines.

I had the pleasure to grade the entire series (10 x 46 minutes) in collaboration with the directors, cinematographers and producer.
We are talking about colouring over 6800 shots, which is a fare amount of imagery.

The look was developed in cooperation with conceptual director Gunnar Vikene (ep 1 - 5 & 9 - 10) and conceptual cinematographer Håvar Karlsen.
Several months before the main grading started we began developing different looks by grading stills during principal photography.
In these initial grading sessions the wish for creating a gritty look with visible warm / cold contrasts was uttered early on.
We kept a healthy amount of saturation where vivid lights was used onset, so that we didn´t end up using a too desaturated palette.

To enhance the psychological imbalance of the characters we embraced cyan and green hues too, adding a unsettling feeling to the visuals.
Many of the early looks where used as-is in the final grade.

Episode 6 - 8 were directed by Geir Henning Hopeland and shot by cinematographer Gaute Gunari.

The image above shows coloursamples from all ten episodes compressed together.

Viggo has difficulties differentiating between dream and reality. The dream-sequences needed a unique identifiable look that differed from the normal world.
We tried different approaches, and ended up with a twisted look that hopefully portraits the characters minds-eye.

I really enjoyed the creative freedom that the creatives gave me throughout the project.
But as with every production, it´s all about great teamwork and dedication.

The series has already been sold to several other countries, and premiered on Norwegian TV2, 06.03.2016.  

Check out one of the trailer!

Credit shortlist:
Production Company: Rubicon TV
Client:TV2
Created by: Christopher Haug
Executive Producers: Anne Kolbjørnsen , Pål Kruke Kristiansen
Creative Producer: Ole Maruis Araldsen
Producer: Linn Kirkenær
Cast: Kyrre Haugen Sydness, Ida Elise Broch, Marte Engebrigtsen, , Ine Marie Wilmann, , Anneke von der Lippe
Screenwriters: Axel Hellstenius, Ole Maruis Araldsen, Gunnar Vikene
Directors: Gunnar Vikene , Geir Henning Hopland
Cinematographers: Håvar Karlsen , Gaute Gunnari
Editors: Morten Rørvig , Alec Thom , Jon Endre Mørk
Sound Design: Megaphon
Original Music: Alexander Andresen
Online Artist: Christian Vårdal
Colorist: Dylan R. Hopkin

Full credits:
IMDB

Facts:
Released: 06.03.2016
Camera: Canon C500 (Canon-Log) external recorded to ProresHQ 1080p25
Aspect: 16:9
Duration: 10 x 46 minutes

Post-production gear:
Offline: Avid Media Composer
Online: Adobe Premiere CC, Adobe After Effects CC
Grade: Da Vinci Resolve (MAC)
Audio: Digidesign Protools

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