So just a little over a week ago, our films Kärlek kl 03.56 and Överslag had their world premiere at Pixel – Skånes Filmfestival. I spent the whole of last Saturday watching a lot of great short films from the region and chatting with a lot of different talented filmmakers. Both of our films went down great at the screenings, and it was nice to finally be able to show them to everyone! This also means the films are now officially completed and out there.
Kärlek kl 03.56 went home with two major awards at the film festival, both an award for Best Cinematography as well as the Audience Award (the most popular film as voted by the audience)! Thanks to everyone who voted and who came out for the festival! We already have another screening of “Kärlek kl 03.56″ this Wednesday (May 8th) in Malmö. The film will be shown as part of a short film programme put on by Moriska Paviljongen – hope to see you there! Oh, and it’s free!
We’re currently rather busy in post-production on Den som gräver en grav – especially now that there are only two days left of work on “The Bridge”! Some new pics from the film below, as released on the film’s official Facebook page. Stay tuned for more shots from behind-the-scenes, as well as some updates on upcoming projects
Take care everyone!
Just under a week ago, we wrapped production on our latest short film, titled Den som gräver en grav, a dark horror-comedy directed by Dawid Ullgren. The shoot turned out really good – the film is about to go into post-production with editing starting as soon as possible. I worked as DoP on the film and shot it using a Red Epic with a big bunch of Canon L primes. The film is well set up to be an exciting ride, far from me and Dawid’s last collaboration, the love story Kärlek kl 03.56. Below is the first image released from the film, with more to follow very soon! Check out the official Facebook page for the film for more behind-the-scenes images.
Looking forward to be able to share some more shots from the film with you as soon as possible. Big thanks to the entire team who worked on the film and did a fantastic job on it, was a wonderful time!
In other exciting news, both Överslag and Kärlek kl 03.56 were accepted to the regional short film festival, Pixel! This means both of the films will have their respective world premieres in just a matter of weeks – more precisely, on April 27th! While the detailed festival programme is yet to be released, stay tuned here and on Pixel’s official website for more information on how to reserve tickets very soon. The films are both in competition and are being screened as part of larger short film packages during the day. Hoping to see many of you there!
Hope you’re all having a great April so far. Currently looking forward to NAB next week and the last month of production on “The Bridge”, before moving on to new adventures I can’t wait to tell you more about…
Take care everyone!
As spring approaches, my work on the TV series “The Bridge” has passed it’s halfway mark. With only around 40 days to go, it’s been a fun, hectic, stressful and awesome couple of months.
About a week ago I jumped in as “B”-camera operator on the show, working with main actors Sofia Helin & Kim Bodnia, with director Kathrine Windfeld (The Killing, Hamilton) and DP Morten Søborg (Pusher, Chernobyl Diaries, In A Better World). Jumped in and shot a couple of scenes – will let you know when it airs, of course.
As me and director Dawid Ullgren finally finished work on Kärlek kl 03.56 a few weeks ago – it’s currently on its way out on the international film festival market, we have started heavy pre-production on our next project. Also the next film produced by Redhawk Productions, in co-operation with Gränsfilm. The film is titled Den Som Gräver En Grav and is a short subject horror/black comedy that we’re set to move into production on in just a couple if weeks. I’m acting as Director of Photography on the project, and have been working on the film since the new year. Currently, what remains is some sponsorship deals and just to lock the final shooting schedule into place. We went out to location last weekend for rehearsals and blocking, and have a pretty firm grasp on what we’ll be doing when we go on location. More details as the shoot approaches.
It’s been a while. While summer has past as quickly as autumn moved past, a lot of stuff has been going on, and I haven’t sat down for a while to give you all an update on everything. Well, that ends today.
Since I last wrote back in June, I have been working hard on a bunch of projects. In mid-July I packed my things and went up to Varberg (a few hours drive up the country) to act as Director of Photography on Engeli Broberg’s documentary Sista Dansen.
Along with Engeli and Johannes Dalenbäck (the film’s composer) we shot for a week at a dance academy. The film focuses on four dancers – three of them retired from the stage years ago, and the fourth one is just closing in on her retirement. What happens when something you’ve worked so hard to achieve, is taken away from you? You may not be able to fit in an ensemble, or you’re not physically able to continue working as a professional dancer. Now what? Engeli has been shooting the film for the better part of a year – it began as an exam project at Skurups Filmhögskola – and the feature-length film is as of now approaching completion. I jumped into production during spring of this year, acting as a co-producer. Right from the get -go, the film was decided to mix real-life encounters with the dancers with a final performance on stage which we would shoot. For some of the dancers, this would mean getting back in the spotlight after stepping down 20 or 25 years earlier. They would dance to the film’s original score – each of them having their own musical themes and rhythms, and we would try to translate their style and passion for dance to the screen. As I officially joined the project in early June as Director of Photography of these dance sequences, I wanted to make the shoot something a little bit extra. I contacted Smartfilm – where I had a few months of work practice experience from mid-term at Skurups Folkhögskola, and decided to see if they were able to help us out.
Shortly thereafter, we had gotten our hands on a complete Red Epic camera package to shoot the dance sequences on. As all the paperwork was slowly completed, the shoot was approaching. We went up to Varberg with a minivan full of equipment, a lot of ideas, and no plans for any sleep whatsoever. Working 14-hour days for a week, we shot the four dancers on two stages each – in a classic dance studio, and in a completely white room which we built in a black box during our first day in Varberg.
During the week we also had some time to go out a day and shoot some documentary work – not something I’d recommend using a fully tricked-out Epic, compared to shooting on a DSLR – especially not mid-summer with the sun blasting down on us. It all went really well though, and I’ve just had a look at some of the material as cut into the finished film. Below are two articles made about the shoot this summer, both from a local newspaper as well as from BoostHBG who co-produced and financed the film along with Filmcentrum Syd, Film i Skåne, Smartfilm and Solid Entertainment.
Shortly thereafter I worked with director Csaba Bene Perlenberg on a commercial for Helsingborg’s theatre company and their play “Den Enfaldige Mördaren”. We decided to base it on J.J. Abrams Star Trek teaser trailer – and alike the U.S.S. Enterprise being built, we wanted to shoot a teaser conveying some subtle hints of the scenery in the play whilst using one the ensemble cast for voice-over work as well as one of the actors in a few shots. A fun and quick shoot – shot within a day and delivered five days later. The film was shot on a Sony EX1 and it was the first film I edited using Adobe Premiere (which I’m now a complete fan of). See the finished commercial below:
During the spring I spent some time as a 1st AC on Carin Bräck‘s new short film Gretchen – I was on set for about five days. A fun little project with some great actors. It was shot by Dennis Trulsson, who I’ve worked with previously and have recently worked with on a feature film project (more on that further down). Later during summer I spent an extra day on Gretchen working as a 2nd Unit DoP, shooting a couple of scenes for the film.
During September 7th, I was involved as a DP on a 24-hour challenge, “Noomaraton 2012″, set up by Filmcentrum Syd and several other local resource centres. On the morning of the 7th, we would receve a text with three criteria we had to include in our film. These could be feelings, objects, locations – pretty much anything. I teamed up with Dawid Ullgren, Martin Wikner and Dan Rozenberg and went out an shot, edited and finished our short film in 24 hours, uploading it just minutes before the deadline at 09:00 AM September 7th. The three conditions we were given for the film were:
But, most of all, since mid-September, I’ve been working full time as 2nd Script Supervisor at Filmlance International, on the Swedish TV-series The Bridge, which has just begun shooting its second season. With a total of around 150 shooting days, it’s by far the biggest project I’ve been involved with so far, and it feels fantastic to see the project slowly coming together. The first season has reached critical acclaim in a lot of countries it’s been sold to (57 and counting…) and it also recently won the Prix Europa award for Best Drama Series, beating out other series such as Homeland. I’m working very closely with both the director and the camera crew in making the series, and it’s a wonderful experience. We’re closing in on day 50 with a Christmas break also coming up shortly. So, needless to say, the TV series is taking up pretty much all of my free time. But when I do, I try to sneak a few small projects in.
Such as “Inbrottet” (The Break-In), a feature film set to premiere in 2013, which I spent a week as 1st AC on. Directed by Marcus Ovnell and shot by Janssen Herr, it’s in small terms a thriller but with some pretty big twists. I also recently spent two days as 1st AC on “Från djupet av mitt hjärta”, directed by Magnus Hedberg and shot by the previously mentioned Dennis Trulsson.
So a bunch of projects all going on at the moment – naturally, The Bridge is taking up loads of time though. What about the exam films? They’re doing good, as they’re all in their respective final phases of post-production (or completed). While none of them were admitted to the Gothenburg International Film Festival as we would have hoped, this means we’ll be pushing even harder to get the films out next year in festival circuits around the globe. As of now, me and Dawid Ullgren (director of Kärlek kl 03.56) have been working on trimming the film a bunch and getting it to be more condensed whilst still not losing the core feeling we’ve been striving for from the get-go. The film is constantly being tweaked – a few seconds cut out, a new shot here and there spliced in etc. It’s getting pretty damn close to being finished, with mainly color grading and a reworked sound mix being the only thing standing in the way.
Oh, and speaking of our exam films as well as Sista Dansen, all of these films are now available in our new and updated Movies section of the website. Go over there right now and check out some of our latest projects as well as see pictures from the films that are still in progress to be finished. It’s taken a while as the whole website has had a pretty major background reworking server-side. I believe we still have a few tweaks left until it’s perfected – but as I hope you agree, it’s a pretty major improvement from the previous system. You are now able to like all the posts on the website using Facebook and share them to friends – and please do! Hoping to get Facebook comments working on the website within a few weeks from now.
As always, remember to check out our Facebook page for all the latest tidbits of information about what’s currently going on. And keep your eyes peeled on the site for updates – it’s been busy the last couple of months with projects so it sometimes feels difficult to sit down and write a longer piece on what I’ve been doing, but hoping to improve on that soon. In the meantime, check out our “sort-of” brand new website, including our new Movies pages and About page!
Hope you’re all having a wonderful time and have an amazing winter holiday!
Take care everyone!
Hope you’ve all had a great holiday and have had some time to rest up and grab some new energy for the new year. I came back from a three-week holiday just two days ago and whilst suffering from some jetlag, most systems are pretty much go. As the new year dawns, many projects approach quickly.
First, check out the short VFX and stunt master class on which I worked on the crew as 1st Assistant Camera along with director of photography Dennis Trulsson and director Anders Banke. The film was shot on the Arri Alexa camera, which was amazing. The film turned out pretty great – keep in mind it was done as an exercise focusing on how to set up, shoot and post an action scene rather quickly.
Some updates concerning TiD. Work is continuing on the film – we’re currently on our fifth edit, and have just signed our composer for the film. Ronnie Christopher Doyle will be composing the original score for the film, something I’m really excited for. But as many of the exam films at Skurup are approaching, TiD will take a minor step back for the moment so that I’ll be able to focus fully on my role for those films. This may mean the film will be pushed back a while, but it should all be for the better. Originally, our plan was to finish the film for the Pixel short film festival in the middle of April – with time constraints though, it feels as if that date may be difficult to hit. It feels better not to rush out the film – it’s going through some pretty major changes at the moment, but in the end it should be a better product. Also, check out our release poster which we released just a week ago! For the latest updates on TiD, you can always check out the film’s official Facebook Page.
Then we have human, the latest collaboration with director Martin Wikner on which I worked as DP for two days(sharing the role with Kervin Tran). The film’s edit is coming together, and we’ll soon be heading into working on the VFX-heavy green screen sequence I shot for the film. Very excited to see how it’ll turn out – we’re looking towards focusing all our time on a few weekends – basically lock ourselves into an apartment and only do VFX non-stop. We used the same time-saving method on Wikner’s last film, Fatale. Very much looking forward to starting post work on that project, which will occur sometime before the end of February of this year.
So, what about those exam films at Skurup? Well, in total eight short films will be created, alongside with three documentaries. I’m acting as Director of Photography on four of the short films, and I recently dove head-first into pre-production on the films. They’re all quite different from one-another, which acts as both a challenge whilst being a good opportunity to get some different genres onto my CV and showreel. I’m hoping to give you all a quick introduction to the four projects sometime closer to the weekend, along with a short presentation of the directors. While I’m only student who’s not directing my own exam film, I feel it’s a better for me to focus (no pun intended) on my role as a DP and not have my own project as well.
I’m gearing up for a very busy year ahead, and this year I’ll try to bring you along for the ride in a more focused manner. I’m looking into integrating Tumblr into the website in some way, so I can post images from the making of the exam films. But time will tell!
Stay tuned for more news and more details around the exam films coming very soon…
Take care everyone!