This film was produced as a “3-2-1” project, which is the culmination of the first semester of the graduate film program at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The project involved a couple of firsts for me: directing a script written by someone else, which was largely a positive experience, and working with an editor other than myself, which was largely a negative experience. You can read more about the experience of working on this project in my Film School Diary.
I made the decision very early on, to shoot the film in black and white. It was mostly intuitive; it just felt like it should be in black and white, but so many people questioned the decision that I came up with the rational justification that the lack of color would reinforce the subjective nature of the film. However, as soon as anyone saw the images in black and white, they would immediately agree it was the right choice. The decision to keep the red nail polish came from a couple of places. One, it was explicitly described in the script as being red, so that’s how I always saw it, even as I saw everything else in black and white. It also had a bloody look to it, especially as the only color present, which reinforced the horror element of the film.
I also wanted to shoot at an aspect ratio of 1.66:1, so that there would be less room in the frame for the characters to get away from the demon (both physically and metaphorically). Combined with the black and white, this ratio also helped give the film an old-school look which I really liked.