48 hours in the life of a burnt-out City lawyer who loses his job, falls for a call girl and steals £400,000 from a gangland boss - who wants every penny of it back.
I was initially contacted by editor Ricky Milling, who connected me with director Ben Pickering. Ben shared that he had two feature films in need of grading: one in mid-production titled "Election Night" (2021), and another film he had completed post-production for back in 2014, originally released as "Two Days in the Smoke". Both films were being edited by Ricky.
Ben expressed his desire to create a director's cut of "The Smoke" and have the entire project re-graded for a re-release. To maintain a fresh and unique perspective, I decided not to review the previous grading of the film. This approach ensured that my creative decisions would be independent and uninfluenced by the previous version.
By avoiding any preconceived notions from the earlier grading, I aimed to bring a renewed and modern vision to the film's visual aesthetics. I took influence from the narrative and city environment it was filmed to create a gritty desaturated look throughout the film. Furthermore, it provided an opportunity to explore innovative color grading techniques and advancements since the film's original post-production in 2014.
DIRECTOR: Ben Pickering
PRODUCER: Andrew Ornitharis
WRITER: Darren Ripley
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAHY: Bruce Melhuish
EDITOR: Ricky Milling
1st AC's: James Evered, Ryan Chandler
2nd AC's: Gareth Crothers, Jan Zalar
CASTING DIRECTOR: Caley Powell