21.04.2014: "MANIAC" - TV DRAMA - GRADING

Espen is a charming, successful guy. He is trying to help Håkon, who is deeply depressed.
Espen has made it his mission in life to get Håkon better, but as time passes and Håkon gathers strength, Håkon becomes too strong and takes over Espen´s life.

The twist of this tail is that Håkon only exists in Espen´s mind.
Espen is committed to psych ward and his fighting a seemingly losing battle. Luckly enough someone is there to help Espen cope with this complicated situation.

The leading roles of Espen (Espen P. A. Lervaag) and Håkon (Håkon Bast Mossige) are played by the screenwriters / directors themselves.

This pilot episode is part of TV2 Zebra´s TVLAB. Twelve different TV-concepts will be aired on TV2 Zebra during the 5th - 8th of May 2014.
TV2 received 200 different entries, so the competition was tough.
Which project(s) that actually get green-lighted for a first complete season will be decided by a panel of experts and the TV-viewers.

The variety of concepts is vast, everything from TV-drama to reality shows.
Manic is the only drama concept in TVLAB. It balances between dark comedy and mainsteam tv-drama.

I had the pleasure to grade this quirky universe. The client wanted two destingtive looks.
We gave "real life" a gritty, honest look with a grainy texture, while the "fantasy world" received a slick American comedy look.

The pilot episode premieres on Norwegian TV2 Zebra, 06.05.2014 at 21:30 and is also available on youtube.

Credit shortlist:
Production Company: Rubicon TV
Creative Producer: Ole Maruis Araldsen
Producer: Mathias Thaulow Lisberg
Cast: Espen P. A. Lervaag, Håkon Bast Mossige
Screenwriters/ Directors: Espen P. A. Lervaag, Håkon Bast Mossige, Janne Heltberg, Jeffery Zane Kahn, Line Kristin Jess Rodin
Editor / assistant director: Sigve Skodvin
Cinematographer: Kim Sortvik
Camera Operator / Gaffer: Christian Weld Håkonseth
Sound Design: Daniel Lindvik / Johannes Dekko
Colorist: Dylan R. Hopkin

Full credits:

Released: May 2014
Camera: Canon C300 (Canon-Log)
Aspect: 16:9
Duration: 1 x 21 minutes

Post-production gear:
Offline: Final Cut X
Online: Final Cut X, Adobe After Effects
Grade: Da Vinci Resolve (MAC)
Audio: Digidesign Protools

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