Towards the end of 2010 the guys behind the successful dark comedy "Dag" shot the feature film "Fuck Up".
The story is centered around Jack (played by Jon Øigarden) , who is pretty content with life, but needs to cut back on his consumption of women and drugs.
Jack's best friend crashes a car on a drug-run and everything goes to hell. The following 24hrs Jack falls from grace and hits rock-bottom!
In flashbacks he dreams back to when he was growing up with his childhood friends, in an age where everything was perfect.
I really like the film-making approach these guys have, and I have already been fortunate enough to grade 15 x episodes of "Dag".
So when they asked me if I wanted to grade "Fuck Up" I was exhilarated! Finally I got to grade my first feature film!
Director Øystein Karlsen and DOP Pål Bugge Hågenrud wanted a very dark, desaturated look with plenty of contrast.
Something that would match the nature of the story, as well as amplifying the cold Scandinavian light.
Together we graded key-scenes from the movie and developed "the look", this way I had reference shots to work from while grading the rest of the movie.
The movie has a Scandinavian all-star cast which includes, Jon Øigarden, Tuva Novotny, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Atle Antonsen,
Iben Hjejle, Lennart Jähkel and Rebecka Hemse.
Grading the Canon DSLR-footage was quite a balancing act, since a lot of the movie was shot at night, with dark exteriors and interiors.
To begin with I denoised the entire movie in After Effects, so that I had less compression-artifacts to deal with.
Cleaning up the image helps a great deal when trying to isolate specific tonal ranges while grading.
I graded in ShortCut's grading cinema, on a Da Vinci Resolve R4 (Linux) with a Christie 2K projector.
It was really good fun "painting with light" on this extremely responsive system, with the pristine picture that the projector delivers.
After the grade was locked, I added film grain to the entire movie in Autodesk Smoke.
This gave the images a more organic feeling. Then we did some last minute fixes / rig removal and added the graphics.
After the grade was locked, I
did some last minute fixes / rig removal, followed by
adding film grain to the entire movie in Autodesk Smoke.
This gave the images a more organic feeling. The last thing left was to add the graphics.
The movie had it's opening night in Norway, 16th of March 2012.
Check out the trailer!
Distribution: SF Norge
Production Company: Viafilm , Illusion Film
Producers: Anders Tangen / Hillevi Råberg
Director / Writer : Øystein Karlsen
DOP: Pål Bugge Haagenrud
Editor: Andreas Nilsson
Sound Design: Christan Schaanning
Online Editor: Rodrigo Stoicheff
Colourist / Online Editor: Dylan R. Hopkin
Original Format: Canon 1D MKIV DLSR
Release Format: DCP - Cinema release
Offline: Avid Media Composer
Online: Avid Media Composer, Autodesk Smoke & After Effects
Grade: Da Vinci Resolve
DCP: DVS Clipster
"Fuck Up" on Imdb
Twitch - Norway prepares to Fuck-Up
Dagbladet - Jon Øigarden er en «fuck up»
Review: Film Magasinet
Review: NRK P3 Filmpolitiet