Espionage Thriller Short 'The Dry Cleaner' Released
The short film format appears to be experiencing a revival with startling works like ‘The Fall’ jolting late night BBC viewers. Fans of tense espionage thrillers can now catch ‘The Dry Cleaner’ on Amazon Video and iTunes. The short film, written and directed by Chris Carr, tells the story of a British intelligence officer and his potential new recruit, a student with links to a revolutionary group in her Middle Eastern homeland. The film takes its name from a counter-surveillance technique used by spies to find out if they are being followed.
LEAP colourist, Jon Davey colour graded ‘The Dry Cleaner.’ It was shot by DOP Josh Bamber on the RED Epic Dragon over the course of two months for a total of eight days. Filming in Raw mode helped the production to create a high contrast, neo-noir look in camera as well as preserve the meta-data for the post-production phase.
Director Chris Carr says, “We were very lucky to get grading support from LEAP, and I worked with Jon Davey to enhance what we created on set. Jon did an amazing job on the grade and the film looks so cinematic because of his work”.
On a practical level, Jon’s colour grading helped mesh together scenes which were captured across multiple shoot days, a challenge faced by many short-form filmmakers. The choice of colour schemes for different types of scenes also helped shape the narrative. Cool, blue tones distinguish flashbacks from scenes which take place in the present while high-contrast black and white stills comprise the dry-cleaning segments. Other scenes get a cinematic look from the orange-teal palette associated with many Hollywood features. For ‘The Dry Cleaner.’ Jon dialled back the intensity to preserve some of the greyness of London and echo the grittiness of the spy genre
Jon says, “It was a good collaborative process to work with Chris to flesh out how best to complete the look of the film. We are really pleased with the result, and it’s great to hear that reviewers say it fits alongside the likes of hit dramas like Spooks”.
LEAP creative director, Danny Coster adds, “We enjoy working with directors on their short films. It gives us scope to explore a range of creative and technical approaches across a story. We particularly enjoyed working with Chris on The Dry Cleaner and are looking forward to future collaborations with him”.
Production Company: Beyond Mirrors / Oregano Media
Director: Chris Carr
Producer: Thomas Lumeau
1AD: Chris Deighton
DOP: Josh Bamber
Editor: Cristina Balduin
Post Production / VFX
Post Production Company: LEAP
Colourist: Jon Davey
Composer: Andrew Bird
Sound Effects Editor/mixer: Rob Janke
Sound recordist: Paul Karl Jones
Category: Short Films and Music Videos , Short films