Being a teenager in the 1980s exposed me to plenty of horror movies. They where made in all shapes and sizes.
The horror genre has a well defined set of rules. However rules are just guidelines that can be molded in to something new and exciting.

When I heard that director Lars Klevberg was making a horror short, I got in touch with him straight away.
The Norwegian horror movie scene has been dead for a while. I really wanted to grade something scary.

In "Polaroid" we meet two young girls, Sarah and Linda. One night they get bored, and decide to play around with an old Polaroid camera.
This starts a chain of events that change their lives forever.

The film is beautifully shot by DOP Pål Ulvik Rokseth with super-smooth anamorphic lenses and also includes sweeping steadycam work.
I loved the onset lighting which had a film-noir touch. While grading we found two main looks.
A cozy evening feeling for the first scenes, and a colder cyan look for the later scenes of the film when the suspense escalates.
We wanted to give the movie an analogue texture, and used Kodak Vision3 5207 film stock emulation.
This not only added filmgrain but also subtle filmic curves. We adjusted these settings individually for each scene.

Klevberg is a really openminded director and motivates people to offer their input.
Which in turn empowers the crew to get tightly involved with the creative processes during the production.

We worked on getting the contrast just right, not being afraid to make the audience hunt for details in the shadows.
Concealment make stories even more frightening. To amplify the fear in the actors faces / eyes,
I used sharpening as an extra level of detail. Which worked a treat!

Sound designer Inger Elise Holm did an amazing job, and created a really chilling soundscape.
Daniel Lindvik polished the final 5.1 mix and made the audio grab you by the throat.

I had the pleasure to do the colourgrading, online and vfx for the short.
It was a fun and rewarding process. I hope to work on more projects with these guys in the near future.

"Polaroid" will be available for festival world wide.

Check out the trailer!

Credit shortlist:
Production Company: Eldorado Film
Producers: Petter Onstad Løkke & John Einar Hagen
Director / Writer: Lars Klevberg
Cast: &
DOP: Pål Ulvik Rokseth
Film Editors: Thomas Grotmol & Lars Klevberg
Composer: Henrik Skram
Sound Design: Inger Elise Holm
Sound Mix: Daniel Lindvik
Colourist / Online Editor: Dylan R. Hopkin

Full credits:

Camera: RED Epic
Aspect: 2.44:1
Duration: 15 minutes
Release date: Spring 2015

Post-production gear:
Online: Autodesk Smoke
Grade: Da Vinci Resolve (MAC)
Audio: Digidesign Protools
DCP: DVS Clipster

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