At the end of 2010 Indie Film received a package in the mail.
The package contained an unedited video diary from a young girl living in a small town in southern Norway. She wanted someone to tell her story.

When Indie Film accessed the memory stick they were struck by exceptionally strong and brutally honest material playing before their eyes.

Ida started harming herself when she was 10 years old. Today she’s 25 and has several painful years behind her in the limbo of youth psychiatry.
With her own camera she has captured her intense experiences over the last 6-7 years with an uncensored and direct gaze.
Ida’s Diary is a film about fighting adversity, about hope and about finding the qualities within yourself to become the person you want to be.

I graded and onlined this stunning documentary together with director August B. Hanssen.
The images were fragile, and challenging to grade due to the various low-end cameras used throughout the production. But they tell an important story.
The story is one of the most gripping and captivating I have seen for years. Ida's everyday struggles and open thoughts really made me pay attention.
The film is a honest view in to Ida's constant ups and downs. The story is exceptionally well crafted, without feeling fake or constructed in any way.

Ida's Diary was officially selected for one of the worlds largest Documentary Film festivals, IDFA in Amsterdam. It premieres there 21. November 2014.

Check out the trailer!

Credit shortlist:
Production Company: , , , Substans Film , Telling Productions
Director: August B. Hanssen
Producer: Carsten Aanonsen
Line Producer: Karianne Berge
Co-Producers: Gary Cranner , Sami Jahnukainen , Kat Mansoor , Kristian Mosvold
Screenplay: August B. Hanssen
Cast: as herself
DOP: Ida Storm , Lars Erlend Tubaas Øymo
Film Editor: Erik Andersson
Sound Design: Tuomas Klaavo
Original Music: Topscore
Artwork: Alen Grujic
Colorist / Online Editor: Dylan R. Hopkin

Full credits:

Ida's Diary


Camera: Various cell phones, pocket cameras, Sony FS100, RED Epic
Aspect: 1.85:1
Duration: 65 minutes
Release date: 21. November 2014

Post-production gear:
Offline: Final Cut 7
Online: Adobe Premiere CC2014
Grade: Da Vinci Resolve (MAC)
Audio: Digidesign Protools
DCP: DVS Clipster


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