Six years ago, single mother Carrie Dawson suffered every parent's worst nightmare. Now she seeks redemption.
As a Brighton-based filmmaker collaborating with a local crew, I was approached by writer and director Warren Dudley with an opportunity to grade his independent feature film, 'Six Years Gone'.
This gritty drama predominantly comprises long single takes per scene, designed to deeply immerse the audience in the raw emotions and turmoil of the characters. Grading the film posed an interesting set of challenges as I needed to ensure consistent lighting across the takes while maintaining the authenticity of the captured reality. Keyframing became crucial in achieving this delicate balance.
In addition to technical considerations, I prioritized aligning the grading with the film's narrative arc. The initial segments were treated with warmer and richer hues, gradually transitioning into a darker and grittier aesthetic as the story unfolded, reflecting the increasing despair experienced by the main character, played by Veronica Jean Trickett.
By tackling the unique demands of this project, I aimed to enhance the film's impact and contribute to the immersive experience, carefully crafting the grading to support the emotional journey and captivate the audience throughout 'Six Years Gone'.
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Warren Dudley
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: David Fearn
WRITER: Darren Ripley
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAHY: Richard Osborne
EDITOR: Warren Dudley
GAFFER: Jonathan Nicol