Wireless follow focus, this cheap!?

Posted on May 26, 2015

I said it before, but I need to say it again: The technology is moving really fast forward. Things get more and more advanced, however more affordable, like this wireless follow focus and camera controller.

Being able to control your camera and lens wirelessly can make a huge difference to your shots and productivity when filming. The affordable Aputure DEC Wireless Remote Follow Focus Lens Adapter let’s you control the focus, change aperture and start and stop recording in a easy way. I was lucky to be able to test it out. See the video here:


Best camera setup for indie movie-making?

Posted on April 30, 2015

Is this the ultimate combination for indie movie-making? The Panasonic GH4 records 4k, the Speedbooster “expands” your sensor and give your more light, and together with the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 you are able to shoot video with aperture F1.2. Total price is $2,896. It seems a lot, but compared to other equipment with similar features and technology, this has to be the best deal. But why not the Sony A7s, you may ask? Let me explain.

The downside with the Panasonic GH4 compared too 5D mark iii and Sony A7S, is the poor video quality when shooting in high ISO. So using a really fast lens is necessary when shooting in low light with the GH4 to avoid high ISO. But, last year Metabone released the Speedooster, which is an adapter for Canon EF lenses and micro four third cameras like the GH4. It is not just an adapter. Inside the speedbooster, it’s a special glass that increases your lenses maximum aperture by one stop (a f1.8 lens is then a f1.2 lens) and also makes lenses o,7x wider. That means it would not only give you more light, but also decrease the cropping inside the camera (you then get shorter depth of field). So the low light is no longer a big issue. In addition the A7s doesn’t have the 4k recording inside the camera and it doesn’t have the same slow motion functions as the GH4. You are able to shoot 4k with the Sony, but then you need an external recorder which is really expensive. So what else is great with the GH4?

Many people think that 4k itself is what creates sharp and good looking video, but the video codec is as important, as well as the lens. The Panasonic GH4 has the possibility to record 4K video in 100 Megabit per second, Full HD in 200 Mbps and even 96fps FULL HD 100 Mbps. The Canon 5D mark ii, which was my latest camera, captures video in 42mbps, and compared to the Canon 5D mark iii which captures video in 92 mbps, you can really see the difference. With FULL HD 200mbit in the GH4 the 5d mark iii footage is twice as compressed and that makes a difference.

You can modify the picture profiles in the GH4, and you also have presets like Cinelike D, which makes your image flat and easier to color grade in post production (see video below). It has focus peeking and zebra stripes, which helps a lot during shooting. The flip screen is genius, and the viewfinder is a must if you are shooting in bright sunlight and don’t have any external viewfinders. On the LCD screen you can see the sound level, which is great. The camera has a microphone input, a headphone output, a HDMI output and an AV output. The camera is small and has a lot of buttons which you can customize as you want. It even has a genius built in time-lapse function.

So as a conclusion, I think this setup is exactly what I need. Take a look at the video below where I explain and show tests done with this setup:

This is how I color graded the footage in post, using the Cinelike D profile, FilmConvert Pro, Premiere Pro CS6 and Da Vinci Resolve:

Main music by Thomas Leypoldt
Other music by Tchaikovsky and Strauss
Thanks to Eskild Fors (Youtbe.com/Exkild), Kim Groustra and Tor-Andre Stuland

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Bring on the night

Posted on March 8, 2015

Back in 2014, I was asked to direct a new TV-series (documentary) about seven Norwegian Dj/producers who live their big dream. All the Dj’s are superstars abroad, but most of them are not that well known in Norway. How is that? That was the idea of the series, made by Andreas Hedemann from Warner Bros acquired Eyeworks.

Together with my friend and colleague Jørn Ranum, producer Andreas Hedemann and the tv host Gisle Stokland, we went all around the world, capturing four days of the artists Kygo, CLMD, Lemaitre, Matoma, Fehrplay, Broiler and Da Tweekaz.

I have been editing the series for a couple of months now, and the first two episodes are released by Norways biggest newspaper VG. It’s my first try making a documentary series like this, so it was a bit challenging. No screenplay = crazy! But the team was amazing. My job as a director and editor has been especially important in the editing, since that’s were the stories are made. I want every episode to be unique and reflect the artist visually.

See two of my favorite episodes here (English subtitles):

Episode 5 (Da Tweekaz):

Episode 3 (Matoma):

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Equipment to improve your sound

Posted on September 19, 2014

Good sound quality is important to gain your overall video quality. With these low budget equipment, you can improve your sound a lot!

The Rode videomic Pro costs $229 and is perfect for both amateurs as well as professionals. This microphone is an upgraded version of the Rode videomic. This time, it’s smaller, more robust and has a nice gain function that will improve you sound quality when filming with DSLR’s.

I do recommend that you film with manual settings within the camera when you are shooting in a quiet environment. Then you will get less audio noise.

The Rode smartLav+ is also a nice microphone. It’s a lapel/lavalier microphone which you can easily attach to your subject. Use either a sound recorder, or your cellphone to record your subject even if he/her is standing far away from the camera. Download a sound recorder app, like “Audio Recorder Pro” (I have only tested it on windows phone), to capture uncompressed audio in .wav for example in 44000khz or 48000khz.

Thanks to Thomas Leypoldt for the great music, and Jørn Nyseth Ranum for the nice 200mm shot in the beginning and in the end ;)

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Act natural! [Sketch]

Posted on July 30, 2014

Do you know how you look when concentrating? I do, and I look really strange. But if you are aware of you concentrating, you are not concentrating enough. That’s why someone has to take a photo of you, when you are in your deep concentration, without you knowing, if you want to see how your focus-face looks like.

This is a sketch about focus-faces!

Thanks to the great funny-faces crew and cast: Daniel Wetherell, Karoline Kjørnæs, Kim Groustra, Eskild Fors, Tor-Andre Stuland, Benedicte Kjørnæs and Lars Fors!

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Winner of “Filmpolitiets kortfilmpris 2014″!

Posted on June 21, 2014

Last week, our new short film “Sing Lingeling” won the audience award called “Filmpolitiets kortfilmpris 2014″ at The Norwegian short film festival 2014.

Aaslaug Vaa, the director of the film, asked me to join the project in the post production. She had manage to capture a lot of interesting material, and wanted me to edit it and join as director. After some weeks in the editing room, the film was finished.

The film is about kveding, which is a an old Norwegian traditional type of vocal music. It’s short songs, known as stev.  Some stevs dating from the middle ages are still sung in Norway. Read more about it here: LINK

See the film here (unfortunately not yet without English subtitles): LINK


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Where to get stock footage?

Posted on February 28, 2014

Let’s say you only miss one single shot to complete the film you have been editing for a long time, but that shot is nearly impossible for you to shoot. You don’t have the time, money or the right contacts. Let’s pretend the shot is of monkeys scratching each others back while bathing in natural hot water in a snowy japanese mountain. Yes, some people actually may need this shot, and if you happen to live in f.ex Spain, you would need a lot of research and money to go to Japan and film it. But, there may by a much easier and inexpensive solution out there. It’s called Pond5.

Pond5 is a webpage where cinematographers and other creative people upload their own video clips, and share it to the world. The price is usually low, because the uploader sets the price. When you first pay for it, you can use it for whatever you want. It’s then royalty free.

Pond5 also have a lot of sound effects, music, After effects project files and much more which you can download. It’s great because a lot of us film-makers have tons of video not being used and just laying around on hard drives. Now you can actually sell them. Create your own channel, upload your best shots and you get 50% of each sale. That’s a good way to earn some extra cash, and it may help others that need your shot.

I created a jet fighter scene for almost no money at all, using shots from Pond5.com. Together with my friends Eskild, Kim and Thomas, we created something that I never thought we could make that easily. Check it out in the video below. Oh, by the way, the shot of the monkeys scratching each others back while bathing in natural hot water in a snowy japanese mountain, is actually to be found on pond5. Click here to see it.

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Shoot films with your cellphone

Posted on August 18, 2013

The technology is moving really fast forward, and Nokia is taking advantage of this by creating cellphones with impressive cameras. I have been lucky to test three different Nokia cellphones, all with an amazing camera. The Nokia 808 was the most exciting to test, because it has a 41 megapixel sensor and manual settings. The Nokia Lumia 920 and the new Nokia Lumia 925 doesn’t have the same amount of manual settings when filming, but they have a camera with aperture F2, Carl Zeiss lens and the PureView technology.

I have made some videos, where I test these three phones in different settings. One of them is a shortfilm made with the Lumia 925. Me and Eskild wanted to test the camera by making a improvised shortfilm which I shot both handheld, and with my homebuilt steadycam. All three phones has a good image stabilizer, to smoothen the shots.

With the Nokia 808, you can control the exposure and the focus when filming. Unfortunately you can’t control the exposure on the lumia 920 and 925 yet, and that’s a downside if you want to use them to shoot films. But I’m really satisfied with the video quality, and can’t wait for the new Lumia 1020, which is a newer version of the Nokia 808.

Check out my tests here:


Robåt (rowboat) simulator!

Posted on June 9, 2013

Finally it’s done! I’ve been working 24/7 the last weeks to finish up a new and special project, a one of a kind rowboat simulator! I wanted to give the audience the nice and relaxing feeling of actually rowing in addition to make them learn about what you can experience at the sea. Visit Oslofjordmuseet in Asker, Norway, to experience the simulator.

See the whole “making of” in this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLcxdYHavbI

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Til Siste Hinder for sale in Germany!

Posted on April 23, 2013

I received this picture a couple of days ago. It’s really special knowing that people in Germany are able to buy “Til Siste Hinder” on DVD and watch it. The film has been dubbed to German and the title has changed  as you can see on this DVD-label. In my opinion this design looks better then the original, most likely because of the two prizes written on it hehe.

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Design your own movie posters

Posted on April 4, 2013

Designing posters is like filming or taking pictures. You have to use time to compose your frame to make it look good. Colors and lights play a major role, in addition to your message that has to reach the audience/costumer. Unlike screening films, your poster need to immediately get the attention from people walking by. The audience haven’t set aside time to watch your product so you need to grab them and make them curios and interested in no time.

I think designing posters is a great way to learn more about color combinations and composing. Using Photoshop to make posters for your own films is a great way to start. I have designed some posters for my recent films. Some were not that good, but I was quite satisfied with the poster for my mini series “Fortapt” from 2007 (see first poster). It’s really simple, but gives a mysterious feeling, such as the series.

The first design I did for a feature film, was for my debut film “Til Siste Hinder”. I made several drafts, and this one was my favorite of them (see second poster). The final poster looked different. See it at the “Design” page.

The latest poster I did, was for a film event in Norway called “Lofoten Bygdefilmfest”. This poster was printed out in 500 samples and put up in towns in Lofoten, Norway (see last poster). It was important that this poster could reach both young people and elders.

Take a look at the other designs I have done at the “Design” page.

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Posted on February 2, 2013

To become a popular artist these days, you need a lot of talent. You need to feel comfortable on the stage, you should know how to dance and move to your music, and your voice should be… just okay. Just okay!? I thought the voice of the singer was the main thing. As the technology is moving fast forward, we learn more about tools and effects that can help us do all the artistic work for us. How much relies on the sound technician when it comes to good music?

The Auto-tune effect has been a popular tool since Cher used it in her song “Believe” from 1998. She used it as a nice effect to make her voice sound special (and a lot of others do so today), but in the music industry it’s really common to add the Auto-tune to make the voice of the singer hit the right notes. But how much does it help you voice actually? I gave it a try, using Garageband on my imac, and uploaded the result. The song is “My heart will go on” and the video has already reached 200 000 views on Youtube. People comment my voice, saying it was so touchy they started crying. I can’t sing at all, but I know how to use Auto-tune.

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Should I buy the latest model?

Posted on January 17, 2013

As the technology is moving fast forward, new models of cameras gets released all the time. It’s hard to keep up with all the new stuff, but when people are to buy a new camera, they often get attracted to the newest models without knowing what’s new with them. How much better are they actually?

Canon’s camera series, EOS, has been going on for a long time. The first EOS camera that could capture video, was the Canon EOS 500D/Rebel t1i. It was released March 2009 and it could capture HD videos. The quality of the video was okay, but no breakthrough. Then the year after, in February 2010, the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel t2i was released. In my opinion, this camera was like a revolution for indie filmmakers. You were now able to buy a camera for $1200 that could record full HD video that looked just like film. It could also capture slow motion 720p video, it had a microphone input and manual exposure for video. Since I was looking for a new videocamera, I bought it as soon as it was released. The first thing I did, was to make a testfilm, and I was shocked. The quality was simply amazing. The testvideo I filmed then got really popular on Youtube, and the viewers couldn’t believe their own eyes. See the video here:

Every year after, Canon released a new model (EOS 600D, EOS 650D), and now they are soon releasing the Canon 700D. When making new models, there has to be some changes from the last model. The EOS 600D was the first one to have a flip screen and manual sound control, and the 650D was the first one to have a continues autofocus during filming. The flip screen and the manual sound control is really nice to have when filming, and autofocus feature in the 650D was a good idea, but unfortunately it turned out to be a bit to slow and stuttering to use when filming. So what about the video quality? Shouldn’t it be much better in the newest model? No difference.

A camera that produces good quality video, is what most people are looking for. Since they assume that the newest model has better quality, they buy it, instead of doing some research and spare some money by buying an older model. The Canon 550D produces the same video quality as the newer models. Yes, it doesn’t have the flip screen nor audio controls, but if this isn’t important for you, and you are most in to video quality, then go for the Canon 550D. It’s also possible to download a hack to your Canon 550D which is called Magic Lantern. It actually gives you the opportunity to control the audio in the Canon 550D, add zebra stripes, add black bars for shooting 2:35 and a lot of other features. Because of all the new models, the 550D has become really cheap. For the price of one Canon EOS 650D, you can get a new Canon EOS 550D + the really nice Canon 50mm f1.4 USM lens or the Tamron 18-270 mm lens with image stabiliser.

The conclusion is: When looking for a new camera, the latest and most expensive products doesn’t need to be the best solution. Do some research and you can save a lot of money!

Check out a video I made using only the Canon EOS 550D, the Tamron 18-270mm and the “smoothcam” effect in post (an effect in Final Cut Pro, that makes the shots even more stabilized). I shot everything handheld.

What camera do you have, and why did you buy it? Leave a comment below :)


Music video shot with cellphone

Posted on January 14, 2013

Nowadays, you can shoot some incredible nice videos with even your cellphone! I was lucky to borrow the new Nokia Lumia 920 to test the camera and see how well it performed when shooting video. Normally a camera would need a lot of light to make nice pictures and videos. In this video we didn’t use any strong lights (see behind the scenes for more info!), but since the camera in the Nokia Lumia 920 has a nice Carl Zeiss lens with aperture at f2 and the new pureView technology, it was exciting to test it out. I shot everything with both a steadycam and handheld, since the camera got a image stabilization inside the lens. The sound was recorded live by several microphones (not the cellphone) and added in post.

Thanks to Lebo Akatio for the “behind the scenes” shots. See the “behind the scenes” here:

Everything was filmed and edited within 24 hours.

Benjamin Dante (vocal/synth)
Mads von Froberg (synth/bass)
Jonas Jarlkov (drums)

Link to the band: http://aswereachforthesky.tumblr.com/

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Catch me [Short film]

Posted on September 26, 2012

This short was made for the 2012 Scandinavian Videomarathon contest, where you are to make a film withing 48 hours. You get a theme on a Friday at 12:00am, and the finished film has to be delivered at 12:00am on a Sunday. It’s really stressful, but you learn a lot! This years theme was punishment. I did also participate in 2009 with this film (the theme was scapegoat): https://vimeo.com/6907127

I shot the film with a Canon 5D mark ii, using my Canon 24-70mm f2.8L indoors and my Canon 24-105mm f4.0 outdoors. I also used my WalKam steadycam and some really cheap bulbs (Check them out here: youtube.com/watch?v=OfSuGT6DvBg)

Cast and crew:
Ida – Ingrid Marie Thorlacius
Mathias – Morten Vang Simonsen
Screenwriters – Inger-Lill Eikaas, Lotte Sandbu and Anders Øvergaard
Production manager – Lotte Sandbu
Sound recorder – Inger-Lill Eikaas
Director & Cinematographer – Anders Øvergaard (axp.no)
Editors – Anders Øvergaard and Lotte Sandbu
Music – Anders Øvergaard
Thanks to – Torkil Lund Johansen

This year we actually ended up winning the 2. prize with our film “Catch me”, and we are really happy!


The great prize

Posted on August 27, 2012

I really thought I was dreaming. In no way could I predict that the film would win the prize of “The Best Children’s Movie” at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. This festival is the greatest of them all in Norway!

I was invited to Haugesund, because my debut feature film “Til siste hinder” (“Coming home”) was nominated in the category “Best Children’s Movie” at the festival. The whole ceremony was going to be shown live on the biggest tv-channel in Norway, and I knew that family and friends where going to watch it. I thought it was fantastic to just be nominated, but now it had the chance to win the greatest children prize in Norway. I was nervous.

I met my co-producer Odd. G. Iversen (unfortunately the producer and screenplay writer Kathrine Haugen couldn’t attend), at a pre-party before the ceremony. People where dressed in their finest clothes, and it felt like being at Barack Obamas birthday. We were served delicious food and wine, and a man was playing live piano. Since I had been nervous all day, I hadn’t been eating much, and therefore alcohol was not a very good idea. I was just focusing on what to say if we were to win the prize.

Then, suddenly we were guided over to the ceremony hall. I looked at my wine glass, and it was empty. “Ups. Maybe it will calm me down?”. It didn’t. Lights, cameras, tons of people and celebrities were all there to make it a big show. After giving away two prizes, it was now time for “Children’s prize”. I thought to myself “We will not win, because there are only grownups in the jury. They don’t like cliché horse stories, do they?”. The two other nominees were big productions in Norway, and therefore very strong competitors.

Now the time had come. Two children entered the stage to reveal the winner. Short cuts of the nominated films were shown on a big screen and I could feel my pulse raising. “And the winner is…..Til siste hinder!”. From this moment on, I don’t remember much of what happened, except the sound of hundreds of people applauding and the echo of my voice from the speakers. It was like a crazy dream.

Again, a big thanks to everyone involved in making this film, and congratulations!

A photo of me and the producer is one of the few evidences I have, to prove that this night actually happened. In addition to the statuette on my shelf.

Amanda 2012

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Inspiration for your story

Posted on June 15, 2012

Inspiration plays an important role in the making of a film. Without inspiration, it’s hard to come up with new ideas for a screenplay. Christopher Booker is an English journalist and author and in his book “The Seven Basic Plots – Why We Tell Stories” he has a theory that all stories, whether it’s Cinderella or Lord of the Rings can essentially be boiled down to seven basic elements:

1. Overcoming the monster
2. Rags to Riches
3. The Quest
4. Voyage and Return
5. Comedy
6. Tragedy
7. Rebirth

Plots can overlap, says Booker, and Lord of the Rings, for example, probably includes all seven. A lot of films, especially in Norway are based on books, and that’s most likely one of the easiest ways to get a plot for a film. To come up with a new and original screenplay, you really have to be imaginative, but often people tend to see a parallel between new ideas and other films and then call it a rip off. But what distinguishes “stealing” from “getting inspiration”? That’s a hard question, and it’s discussed every day regarding everything from the Ipad, to music and designs on milk cartons. Some say stealing is copying 50% of a work and claiming it’s your original idea and others say it’s stealing when people just see a parallel to another idea. As a film director, I still have problems knowing the difference, but my guess is that you just have to feel whether your work is a copy, a totally new idea or maybe an idea combined by different ideas.

Films childhood1. “Land before time” 2. “Jurassic park” 3. “The never ending story”

It’s fascinating the fact that we are probably not always aware of what really inspires us. Throughout life, we experience a lot of good things and bad things. Some of the really emotional experiences we tend to remember our whole life, while we forget other experiences. As a child, I had a lot of imagination, and my surroundings influenced me a lot. I had some of my best movie experiences during this time, and I will never forget when Littlefoot thinks he finally meets his lost mother, but then realize it’s just his shadow that confuses him in “Land before time”. This film has, together with “Jurassic Park”, “Back to the future” and “The never ending story” been my biggest inspirations from childhood. Now I’m 24 years old, I’m working on a new feature film, and I think I have found my personal style of making films by combining those works I really like, and those that evoke my feelings. Stevens Spielberg’s style of creating amazing stories and adventures, Michael Bay’s way to handle the camera, and M. Nigh. Shyamalan’s way of giving that atmospheric and mystical feeling is a combination I think relates a lot to my imagination and feelings. But I’m still relatively young, and maybe there are even bigger inspirations out there? I have started to notice how much people around me, and the music I listen to, affects my stories, and that’s probably just a fraction of what influences me. I think there is unlimited inspiration out there, and that is great news for us filmmakers. It’s just like the film “The never ending story”.

This song gave me a lot of inspiration a couple of days ago. I just felt it! What inspires you the most? Comment below :)


“A silhouette story” and behind the scenes is online!

Posted on April 17, 2012

Here you can see the new film I have directed, “A silhouette story”:

Check out how we made the film here:


“A silhouette story” wins “Best direction award”!

Posted on April 9, 2012

The last weeks has been quite stressed, but wow, it has been special. A friend of my told me about a new film-competition at The Gathering, were Harald Zwart was the jury. The first prize for this competition was a trip with him to Hollywood and to be on set when he shoots his next big feature film. Without any doubt I wanted to participate this contest, and therefore started a project to make a new short called “A silhouette story” together with friends.

I used a lot of time get the idea for the film, since the competition had no special rules for it, and I thought it was one of the most important aspects of this competition. The only restriction was the length of the film (max 4-6 min) nor it could contain anything disturbing or violent. We used one day to shoot, and a lot of time on the post-production since we used a special technique for the film (silhouettes) and it had lot of effects and keying.

Then, 02:30 am on sunday, Harald Zwart announced the winner at The Gathering, and it was actually “A silhouette story”! I was so shocked and had never expected it. I almost thought it was a dream, and I still do…

Now the newspapers are writing about it, and the film is available to watch here on Dagbladet.no (Norwegian).

Again congratulations to everyone in this project, and Torkil Lund Johansen for the great music! I will upload the film with english subtitles and a behind the scenes, in a few days! :D

Still from the film:

A silhouette story Still

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Pump up the volume, new music video!

Posted on February 14, 2012

I was contacted by Nicolai, a friend of my, who studies at Volda, Norway, and he asked me to direct a new music video for the hard rock band “Fatty Sunroad”. They had been looking for someone to make a music video for their new song “Daily News”, and Nicolai recommended me. That resulted in my second music video, shot in Volda.

We were lucky to be able to work with the great actor Eivind Barklay Stevenson, who plays the grumpy old man in the video. We were also lucky to have a lot of really cool and nice extras that showed up to make this video as crazy as possible! I would also give a big thanks to Viva Bar & Resturant Volda, Gustav S. Nyquist, Rokken and Høgskulen i Volda. Enjoy the video!

“Til Siste Hinder” wins award at Nordic Filmdays Lübeck!

Posted on February 3, 2012

This is the video from the award ceremony at the filmfestival Nordic Filmdays Lübeck. My debut film as a director, “Til Siste Hinder” (eng: “Coming Home), won “The Prize of the Children’s Jury”. I was so shocked when they revealed the winner. I had not expected it at all, and was therefore a bit shaky when entering the stage. I want to thank Nordic Filmdays Lübeck and the whole staff for a fantastic and unforgettable filmfestival and all the people that have worked with “Til Siste Hinder”. You deserve this! :)

Questions and answers on Facebook

Posted on January 31, 2012

Today I arranged a question and answering time on Facebook, and a lot of followers could ask me questions about film making and video-equipment. I thought I would sum up all the questions and answers here and at the FAQ page here on axp.no. If you want to follow me on Facebook, you can press like here:


Is there a certain brand of ND filters you would recommend?

Actually I bought one of the cheapest ND filters I found at Bhphotovideo.com. They are called Tiffen ND filters (about $40 each). I bought the ND 0.6 and ND 0.9. I recommend them.

If you only could buy one, would you buy the Zoom H4N or Rode videomic?

The Rode videomic is more like a shotgun mic, which records quite good sound even though you are standing meters away from the mic. If your want to use the H4N’s built in microphone, it’s better for dubbing and voiceover since you have to be closer to the mic. Therefore I would go for the Rode videmic.

I want to make short film. Where should i start?

I would first get a camera. I would highly recommend the Canon 550D. Then I would have a brainstorming and find out what kind of film I would make. Then I would ask friends to join as actors and ask them to get feedback on the idea/screenplay.

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Short documentary about me on TV8!

Posted on January 5, 2012

This is a episode from a TV series in Norway called “Herlige Norge” (eng: “Wonderful Norway”) made by TV8 about me and my debutfilm “Til siste hinder”. They contacted me and wanted to document and film my day at the premiere of the film. I hope you enjoy the video! :)

“Til siste hinder” update and Directors statement

Posted on December 14, 2011

Hi again!

The last update on my debut feature film “Til siste hinder” was the news about the filmfestival in Lübeck. Since then, the DVD and Blu-ray have been available in stores in Norway. I visited a DVD-store the other day and asked the seller about the film, and she actually said that it was the best selling DVD at her store. That was amazing to hear, and the second day I was informed that the film was the number one top selling DVD at Spaceworld! (see picture 6 below). This was far over my expectations, and I’m really glad to hear that people like the film!

We have also been in contact with a sales agent in Denmark who will release the film in other countries too. Because of this, I was asked to write a Directors statement for “Til siste hinder” and thought I could share it with you:

Anders Øvergaard – Director statement – “Coming home”

I was quite surprised when I was asked to direct “Coming home” as I had just graduated from Nordland College of Art and Film in Lofoten, at the age of 21. I replied immediately that I was very interested in doing this job, since I both loved the screenplay and since this was a big chance for me to enter the film industry.

The woman behind the film is the screenplay writer and producer Kathrine Haugen, and she wanted “Coming home” to be a feel-good film for the whole family. I knew quite fast that this was a nice task for me, although it included direction of children and animals, which are supposed to be the hardest to direct. But my little sister was a great inspiration, since she was quite like the main character “Ida” and at the same age. I went to the stable together with her and watched how she communicated with horses and I could feel right away the magical relationship between horses and humans. This special bond was one the most important emotions I wanted to express in “Coming home”.

To be able to create magical and mysterious atmospheres and to bring the audience away from their every day life is what I really like about making films. In “Coming home”, I wanted the audience to feel how it could be to live in the beautiful, Norwegian countryside with a close connection to such great animals. One of my goals was to make the audience leave the cinema with a sensation of freedom and new possibilities. The bond between human, horse and nature was the fundament to express this and the actors helped me making this credible.

The locations were found at the stunning landscapes of Sømna in the Northern part of Norway and the story was to be told here. We had a local audition in Sømna to find three girls for the film. There was no problem finding girls with riding experience, but it surprised me how well they could act too, considering they were amateurs. We found three girls that matched the roles perfectly and the main character was found through Kathrine’s family.

The shooting went really well, despite the low budget and the inexperienced actors. I think my young age helped me a lot to get in better contact with the girls, and thereby making them less stressed and nervous on set. Since they knew a lot about horses, it was a big plus when doing the horse scenes. We had, in the pre-production, picked out the horse we wanted to use as the main horse. It was important for me to have a horse with a lot of character and it had to be calm and patient on set. We were therefor very lucky to find “Svarten” as the role “Kehilan for “Coming Home”.

Pic 1: Inger-Lill, me and Odd (producer) at the Hotel in Lübeck.
Pic 2: I had to give a speech when we won the prize (video of the speech will come!)
Pic 3: The children’s jury who chose our film to win.
Pic 4: All the winners of Nordic Film Days Lübeck 2011.
Pic 5: Odd, me and Stine Oppegaard.
Pic 6: “Til siste hinder” as number 1 at Spaceworld.

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What’s hiding under the water?

Posted on November 17, 2011

New year, new trip to my cabin in Valdres, new film with my family! :)

Winner of The Prize of the Children’s Jury in Lübeck!

Posted on November 7, 2011

Wow, is this a dream? That was my first thought, and also the start of my speech, when I entered the stage at the award ceremony on Saturday for the Nordische filmtage in Lübeck, Germany. A children jury had seen several international children feature films throughout the festival, and had chosen my debut feature film “Til siste hinder” (“Coming home”) as the winner of the “The Prize of the Children’s Jury”. I had never expected this, and when they called me up to the stage, I was quite shocked.

The Nordic Film Days Lübeck, has one of the longest traditions of any film festival worldwide, and is an important meeting place for the film industry in Germany and northern Europe. Important people from the film industry, celebrities, producers, directors, actors, film enthusiasts and so on, are gathered to see films and meet in an four day event every year. The price ceremony were held at the end of the festival, and for me, it was like attending the Oscars. A big theater with moving floodlights, dressed up people arriving at the red carpet, press, big and outstanding stage, live music, tv-cameras, hosts, speeches… you now what I mean. And for me to be a part of this, was like having the most awesome dream.

Filmtage Lubeck ceremony Anders
At the picture, you can see all the winners.  The Norwegian films that won was”Kongen av Bastøy” which won two prices and the documentary “My Beloved – A film About Love and Courage” by Hilde Korsæth which won a price.  The jury for the children award who handed my the award, which consisted of children, stated for that the story of a city girl who moves to the country and discovers her love of horses shows that “true friendship is one of the most important things people can share in life.”

Now I’m back to Norway with a really nice trophy and a check worth 5000 euros. I don’t think I have yet understand that this really happened. I just want to congratulate all the people that have worked making “Til siste hinder” and hope you enjoy the award as much as I do :)

I will come back with pictures etc from the festival. Meanwhile you can take a look at this:

Nordische filmage Lübeck announcement (eng)

“Barnefilm sjarmerte tyskerne” NRK (norwegian)

Interview on RadioNova

Posted on September 26, 2011

For those of you who haven’t heard the radio interview with me on RadioNova, can hear it here! I talk mostly about “Til siste hinder” in this interview. PS. Norwegian only (sorry)!

I’m a feature film director!

Posted on September 11, 2011

The last weeks has been very stressful but also fun. My dream since I was a young boy has become true! I’m actually a real feature film director now! :)

I was asked to direct the feature film “Til siste hinder” with the English title “Coming home” in 2009. It’s a horse movie with a lot of girls and horses, and not the kind of film I would predict that I would direct, but that didn’t matter at all. I was 21 years old at the time I was asked, and very privileged to be asked to direct it!

24th of August this year, “Til siste hinder” had a premiere in Norway, and it’s still being screened all over Norway! :)

I explain what I have been through the last weeks in this video. Hope you enjoy!

“With you” music video!

Posted on September 6, 2011

My friend Benjamin Dante is the vocalist in a band from Denmark, and they wanted a music video. I took the job, and this is the result! I shot it with my new Canon 5D mark ii (I will explain why in a new video), and my friend Stephen St. Peter shot it with his Canon 7D. The video quality in these two cameras are so equal that it’s no problem using both of them together. Hope you enjoy the video! :)

Facebook page is up!

Posted on September 1, 2011

After several requests of making a Facebook page, I have finally done so! :)

The main reason for me to have a Facebook page, is to be able to update followers in a much easier and quicker way. I will still use my homepage, but for short news feeds, adding photos and videos on the fly, the Facebook page is excellent!

Press the like button under to join! I hope you enjoy! :)