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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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/
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!
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.
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
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.
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 :)
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:
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:
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!
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! :)
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.
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! :)
Posted on December 14, 2011
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.
Posted on November 17, 2011
New year, new trip to my cabin in Valdres, new film with my family! :)
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.
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:
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)!
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!
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! :)
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! :)
Posted on August 30, 2011
There have been some stressfull, but fun weeks! My debutfilm “Til siste hinder” was screened at Haugesund Film Festival last Monday, the film had an amazing premiere in Oslo last Wednesday, and on Friday it was screened in cinemas all over Norway!
Today, five days have passed since the premiere, and over 11 000 people have seen the film at cinemas! The reviews have been very varied, but the audience seem to love the film. Some say it is the best movie they have ever seen, and others want to see it several times. It’s amazing to hear this! A lot of international distributors have also contacted us and hopefully “Til siste hinder”, with the english title “Coming home”, will be released in other countries too! =)
Now, I finally have time to rest, and update you guys! I will start by uploading my short “Contact” when I reach 10 000 subs! I’m glad to be back :D
Ps: Check out the picture from the big premiere with nearly 1000 people in the audience!
Posted on August 7, 2011
My Youtube account has been up and going for about five years now. It has been the perfect place for me to upload and show people my work and my ideas. I started the account with some strange and funny videos of me and my friends, and then later I uploaded more serious stuff.
Today, some of my videos have over 200 000 views, and I have over 9000 subscribers. I really appreciate all the feedback I get and that people want to see my videos. Therefore I want to upload my short “Contact” when I reach 10 000 subscribers! =)
To see my Youtube account, click here: http://www.youtube.com/Andyax
Posted on August 5, 2011
I’m currently in Brønnøysund, in the northern part of Norway, to help my friend and colleague Kathrine Haugen with her new feature film. My main job is to edit the film, but I’m also helping out on set.
A couple of days ago I also made a music video for the end title song for my debut film “Til siste hinder” (“Coming home”). “Til siste hinder” will have a premiere really soon, and therefore I made this music video to promote the song and the film.
The song is called “Bestevenna” (“Best friends”) and is made by Fred Endresen at Studio-nord. The lyrics is made by Olaf Øwre. I filmed it with my new Canon 5D together with a friend. I hope you enjoy it (even though it’s in Norwegian)! :)
Posted on July 23, 2011
I don’t have words…
Yesterday, Norway experienced the worst nightmare. A man managed to bomb the goverment building in Oslo, killing seven people, and then kill at least 84 people on a youth camp around 40 minutes later.
600 children, teenagers and adults were gathered on “Utøya Island” to have fun, discuss politics and talk about how to make the world a better place. Then a man arrived the island, dressed up as a policeman, telling them that he was there to protect them, since there had been bombing in Oslo. They had heard about the bombing, and were scared. They were gathered to talk about it, when suddenly the man started to shoot everyone around him with a machine pistol. People were in shock an ran away to hide. A lot of people started to swim away from the Island. Some drowned, some were shot.
The man used over two hours walking around the island, shooting youngsters. He managed to kill at least 84 of them. Seven others were killed in the bombing in Oslo. The man was then arrested by the police. He is a 32 year old man from Norway and not known by the police before. He is now convicted of murder both for the Oslo bombing and the shooting on “Utøya Island”.
This is the most tragic happening we have experienced since the second world war here in Norway. We all are in shock, and our thoughts goes to the people who are involved. The 22th of July 2011 will never be forgotten…
Read more here (english): http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/oslobomben/artikkel.php?artid=10080597
Posted on July 18, 2011
Hello everyone! I’m now back from vacation and ready to upload more videos and news! I have two new videos to come, but I can’t tell what they are about yet since it’s a surprise.
And thanks for all your comments! Because of them I know that people read my stuff, and It motivates me to continue uploading more. So keep ‘em coming!
One more thing: It’s crazy. It’s just about one month left to the premiere of my debut film “Til siste hinder”! It’s so scary to think about it, especially to think about the reviews that will be written. And it’s a though competition this autumn to get enough audience, because there are so many good films to come. 19th of August “Få meg på for faen” has a premiere, 26th of August “Hodejegerne” has a premiere (the same date as “Til siste hinder”), the 31th of August “Oslo 31. august” has a premiere, and it got a lot of good reviews already. So we’ll see how the outcome and the reviews will be! I’m excited!
Posted on July 1, 2011
VG is the most read newspaper in Norway and they actually called me a couple of weeks ago because they wanted to make an interview about my debut feature film. They wanted to hear the story about how I, as a young man, together with Kathrine Haugen (the screenplay writer), managed to make a full length feature film for the cinema, without any money to start with. Since most of the feature films that are being made today receive money from film funds, it’s hard to get all the way to the screen without any support of that kind. But with a mix of luckiness, hard work and really good co-workers, we managed to make the feature film “Til siste hinder”. We are very proud! =)
Read the news HERE (In Norwegian only, sorry).
Posted on June 7, 2011
Now I can proudly announce that my debut film “Til siste hinder” has been chosen to open the Cinemagi at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund! When I heard that the film was to open the Cinemagi (the children-part of the festival) I was surprised and extremely happy. It was a big relief to know that the film was well received by others then just us working on the film, since we are so proud of the work we have done making it. I really appreciate the opportunity to be able to present the film at this festival in terms of the low budget we had for this project and all the people who worked voluntarily. I’m so excited and are looking forward to this big event on the 22nd of August!
Check out the link: http://www.filmweb.no/filmfestivalen/2011/article418282.ece?language=english
And see the trailer for “Til siste hinder” here (preliminary in norwegian):
Posted on May 3, 2011
About two years have passed since I started working on my debut feature film “Til siste hinder”. It has been a long and hard working process, and I’m happy to announce that tomorrow it’s actually done!
For the last weeks I have been working closely with Håvard H. Sethre from Universal Sound to finish up the sound design, and right now I’m actually watching Hugo Ekornes from Storyline Studios and Håvard doing the last sound mix at Frogner cinema, Norway (see picture). This is one of Europe’s biggest cinemas for audio mixing and it has been used for several big film productions here in Norway. It’s so amazing to see the film on a big screen with surround sound, wow!
I’m privileged to be able to work with all the professional people that have been doing their best for this film and working both day and night. We are all very happy and proud with the result and really excited to show people the film later this year.
I’m travelling to USA for a break now and will not update this site until I get back. When I get back however, I will hopefully be able to show you guys a teaser and/or trailer for the film! I can’t wait! =)
If you have questions, you can in the meantime check out questions and my answers in the comment sections or at the FAQ site. I’ll see you soon!
Posted on April 11, 2011
Two years ago I graduated at NordlandCollege of Art and Film, after being a student there for one year. During this year I had directed two shorts, “Alt for Norge” and “Kontakt”, and I had been Director of Photography (DOP) in seven shorts. These films were directed by other student at the school and they had chose which one they would like as a DOP from class. I was lucky and could work with talented students like Karin Pennanen from Finland. She made the fantastic short “Brudhlaup” which has been screened at several film-festivals internationally.
This was my first film to shoot at NordlandCollege of Art and Film, and my first serious work as DOP, so I was a bit excited and nervous. I thought I had to do a great job to not disappoint the director even thought it was a student film. I used my Canon XH A1 with the SgPro 35mm adapter, to get the nice depth of field and to achieve the “Film-look”. We shot the film during three days in the beautiful landscape of Lofoten, North of Norway. The film was quite artistic, so the scenery was perfect for this film. I hope you enjoy the film: