Incoming Projects & Plans

Everything is boiling with TPS these days as more and more projects are coming into play. As noted before the big Fjallabrædur project is in pre-production, (a meeting scheduled on monday) two ongoing projects in cooperation with Borgarmynd Ehf. A short docu about the artists making a totally awesome map of whole Iceland… made by hand + another photographic project connected to the map, create and deliver timelapse footage for Sagafilm, (material for the music video to the Icelandic song in the Eurovision 2012) , Sagafilm is a well known Reykjavik based film company, we sat a meeting with the director and production crew on Thursday. Finally I was hired to take some wedding photographs of a foreign couple coming here in spring. So TPS has plenty to do these days, maybe we need a bigger staff.. 🙂 In between we´re  shooting for our long term project, the first Icelandic non-narrative film HEILD, like last night were we set up a 2-axis timelapse shot at the pond in Reykjavik center. I´ve been waiting months for this special location that I had in mind as the conditions had to be just right, I wanted clear night skies with moonshine, on a Saturday night when people party and no wind as the pond had to be calm to mirror the city lights. Last night we got all of those elements. (Not easy here in Iceland). So hopefully the shot turns out as a winner. Additionally after finishing up the 3 hour+  shot at 5:30 am I went solo to Kársnes, Kópavogur to get a fresh angle at Reykjavik during night time...

More Snow, Tests & Tools

As probably noted before, I´m a big fan of the garage and keeping myself busy building various DIY projects between shooting videos. I built the V2 Dolly along with Boggi last summer but didn´t have time to finish the tracks nor make a video on it until now, so HERE it is. I also finished another tool the other day. A rail/rod support system made to hold long lenses and various gear, follow focus, matte boxes, monitor mounts etc. I figured I desperately needed this to hold the 500mm Hasselblad lens steady. I did some tests with the lens as seen in the last blog post but they were soft and shaken. But now after installing the rod support the lens is steady as a rock. Some samples and pics of the system below. TPS went to Siglufjördur in north Iceland last weekend. We were hired to direct, shoot and edit a 10minute short film about the snowboard event taking place there. Directed and edited by Addi Additionaly to the shooting, we had amazing fun over there. See the video from SigloSession HERE. Or simply below: We´re still dealing with Fjallabræður choir for a two week roadtrip around Iceland to shoot an epic nature music video to their newest song. If we go as planned we´ll departure Reykjavik next weekend or the 18th of February. More news on this after next TPS meeting with Fjallabræður on thursday. Few shots of some tests and tools: [cincopa...

Out Cold

The shooting for the film HEILD goes on, mainly focusing on shooting at night. Northern lights and starry skies. we´re also testing out a new element with a super telephoto lens I borrowed from a friend, a Hasselblad 250mm with doubler = 500mm zoom. this “canon” of a lens is awesome and I want to use it to shoot the “Koyaanisqatsi signature move” where a subject is far away and zoomed in with a huge moon in the backround. Me and Loftur made some tests using this method the other day while shooting a northern light timelapse. The results are promising but I´ll have to work on getting these shots sharp and with less haze. In the shots below one can see these shots were taken at moonset in the night but I also want to try this element out during day time with a white/grayish huge moon and blue sky. There are two other projects on the menu now, one where I´ll be the DOP in a graduate student´s short film this weekend. He is finishing his film studies at the Icelandic filmschool. And another much bigger project is coming up in febuary, An epic nature/music video for an unconventional choir of 50 men and two bands called Fjallabræður or “Mountain Brothers”. This video will be filmed in a 10 day roadtrip around the country. Looking forward to shooting this thing. There is talk about other projects as well but nothing clear on those yet. Finally a status on my physical state, I´ve retired the wheelchair outside of my home, I´m always on my leg-braces now walking around...

Macs, Snowstorms and Deals

I´ve finally converted to Mac, thanks to an awesome cooperation with Macland. They offered me a great deal on a specialized 15″ Macbook Pro i7 2.5 quad core laptop, and wow what a workhorse!,(further details on the beast HERE) all my exporting and rendering just got 10x times faster than before. Converting to Mac means switching the NLE program, and I´ve decided to go Adobe all the way. Continuing with Lightroom and switching from Sony Vegas to Premiere Pro, and adding After Effects to the workflow. I´d like to dive deeper into special effects work and 3D graphic design. I´ve sealed the deal with Red Marble Media and sold them circa 45 seconds of footage, a mix from older videos and short films. Also in the process of selling some forest footage to India, nothing confirmed yet though. The winter has come here in Reykjavik, Iceland. It´s snowing everywhere, and snow has been lying here in Reykjavik for more than two weeks now and it seems that we´ll have white christmas for a change. A nice suprise. There is one downside to the snow.. my wheelchair, a pain in the ass to be wheeling around in the snow so I´ve kind of retired the chair, I use my braces with a pair of crutches most of the time now when I go out of the house, it´s nicer anyway to be standing up, and walking is of course the way to my complete recovery. I´ve also got my hands on new “wintershoes” for my car Baltasar, Bf Goodrich mud terrain, should come in handy in the snow and the...

HEILD

HEILD translates into Totality and is a non-narrative film featuring the country of my origin. Iceland. The film focuses on all aspects of it´s unique and diverse nature, it´s entire nation and culture. The goal with this film is to present Iceland in a way it has never been presented before, using many elements of higher-end cinematography. There are places here everyone knows, but there are also thousands of well hidden places. To find these locations one has to be an adventurous local, and to capture them right, one has to be creative and extremely patient. Watch the sparkling new Trailer for this film below, in HD of...

Totality

I´ll name this post “Totality” because I´m throwing out this and that in it, but mainly because it´s the name of my current project.. or at least in English. The original title is in Icelandic:  “HEILD”. I´ve been working on the trailer for this project for the past weeks, in cooperation with Box Of Toys Audio that created the musical score for the piece and are as we speak working on the sfx. I´m rendering the final renders as well so when these two jobs are done I´m releasing the trailer. It will hopefully happen this week. As mentioned earlier my Sony SR1 died the other day after 5 years of serving as a top notch workhorse. It was sad and I started to wonder how my brother Loftur was going to finish the documentary about me making my film, as it was shot entirely on the SR1. But that problem has solved because a few days ago I received almost the same camera from a friend that wasn´t using it at all. It´s the Sony SR11, smaller with bigger hard drive and stuff…. Nice one and much appreciated. I uploaded two photos of these bad boys.. I cant seem to get the bullet-time idea out of my head, I think it´s a sign it has to be done, but as I looked deeper into the idea I found a few problems that go with building a bullet-time/ timeslice rig, they are: You need 30+ dslr cameras obviously (30 for a one second shot, maybe 1.5 sec if post frames are made) You need to trigger them all through...