Some of us are using this time in quarantine to catch up on the metric buttload of shows and movies we’ve always meant to watch. Others are staring blankly into a void. We get it. But there are some annoyingly creative types out there who are continuing to make stuff. One of these overachievers is director David F. Sandberg. Sandberg hit it big with a self-produced short film that became the feature
The short is co-written and stars Lotta Losten, Sandberg’s wife who also starred in the
Sandberg himself explained the importance of darkness (real darkness) in movies in a recent video essay he made on his channel. He explains how a lot of Hollywood horror spoils the atmosphere by making the setting too well lit. He also talks about using a bounce-board, a white card next to the camera, that bounces flashlight back onto the actor’s face when they walk toward the camera. It’s a pretty fascinating thing to have to worry about.
But it works out. The
And if you’re going to be trapped in your home, waiting for the quarantine to lift, why not explore the darkness of someone else’s mind as a breather from exploring your own?