If that looks creepy now, wait until you see it in motion – the darkness eats away and moves beneath the skin for a truly disturbing effect. The film uses traditional Lovecraft techniques when it comes to the eldritch horrors – that is, giving the narrator only minimal glimpses until they finally discover the impossible reality. Our Detective, who is not given a name (another thing common to Lovecraft’s own writing) finds herself drawn into her mysterious case.
Above we see the Detective working late, perhaps forgetting a rough week with a little drink. This scene is a Lovecraftian take on the traditional hard-boiled detective story, where a grumpy late working detective gets an unexpected client. We were lucky enough to have an office donated to us for this scene, where we built the set to look like the Detective practically lived there. With papers everywhere, file cabinets of evidence, and just enough dingy light to get the atmosphere we wanted – the only thing missing was a ceiling fan.
More on our short film, including details on the actual shoot for the scene in her office, coming next post.