Every once in a while I get the opportunity to work on a project that is slightly outside of my comfort-zone (in a positive way, that is).
When one of the producers at work presented me with a challenge: "Tomorrow a customer needs to grade and online a stereoscopic 3D short film.
Can you do it?" I must admit I was very excited, and slightly unsure at the same time. After thinking about it for a minute, I thought "go for it"!
It was a great opportunity to finally grade a stereoscopic 3D film!
Why does the modern Norwegian society hide death, and surround it in secrecy?
Per Fugelli, who won the prestigious "The Freedom of Expression Prize" in 2013 (Fritt Ord), reflects brutally and openly on life and death in the light of his own cancer.
He wants to "release death from the prison of taboo words".
Jæren, Værøy, Røst and Grønland in Oslo provide the background for a poetic film about leaving life.
Spring is here, which means time for my updated grading-showreel. I hope you find it entertaining.
A big thank you goes out to all the creative individuals I have had the pleasure to work with.
If you have grading-needs, don´t hesitate to get in touch for a chat.
Let me help your storytelling with a suitable grade. Using the appropriate colours is a powerful tool!
Ploddy The Police Car (Pelle Politibil) has a wide appeal amongst the younger cinema audience in Norway.
The character Ploddy was created by a police officer called Åge Magnussen back in the 1980s, who used Ploddy to teach children about traffic safety.
The first live action TV-series was released in 1993 and became a big hit. It was followed up by a live action movie in 2002.
In 2010 "Ploddy the Police Car Makes a Splash" was released, which was the first animated CGI movie in the series.
Qvisten Animation did the CGI / animation, which included a lot of water simulations. The movie was directed by Rasmus A. Sivertsen.
How does a child look upon the world? What goes on in their mind when they try to understand the bigger meanings of life?
This short film is inspired by Svein Nyhus´s illustrated book "The world has no corners" (Verden har ingen hjørner).
I was more than happy to contribute with the grade and online on this poetic visualization by Lindgren and Metcalfe.
The short has been accepted in to the program at The Norwegian Short Film Festival Grimstad 2013. Be sure to check it out!
Director Henrik M. Dahlsbakken is a great example of a creative and very productive filmmaker.
He has written, directed and produced several short films in the recent years, all of which have been noticed at film festivals around the world.
His previous short, "The Devil´s Ballroom", won the prize for the best live action short at Palm Springs International ShortFest 2012.
It's Eurovision time again. For the third year in a row I am fortunate to be the colorist on the opening sequences for the TV-shows.
These sequences are directed Magnus Rye and feature beautiful cinematography by DOP Håvar Karlsen.
The Norwegian Eurovision TV-shows are produced by Dinamo Eyeworks for NRK.
RED Epic as the main camera this year. The 5K sensor, high framerate possibilities and a true RAW-workflow
with a gazillion possibilities in post were right for the job.
The relationship counsellor Dag Refsnes is back on the Scandinavian TV-screens in January 2013.
Season three gives the fans ten brand new episodes, jam-packed with weird and wonderful happenings from Dag's twisted universe.
Dag fights his everyday demons, still not sure how to maintain a proper relationship with his girlfriend Eva while trying to be
a responsible father for her child.
Torgny Segerstedt was one of the leading journalists in Sweden in the 20th century.
He fought a one man battle against Hitler and the Nazi regime until his death in 1945.
The Last Sentence (Dom över död mann) weaves together a psychological love story with a portrayal of the political situation Sweden found itself in during the Second World War. A gripping, dramatic and poetic tale about a man, who could not be silenced.
I just graded and onlined 8 x TV-commercials for the a popular Norwegian food website, Matprat (Foodtalk).
The commercial-series includes a 90 sec film that is the main film for the complete rebranding of Matprat.
The director (TBA), and the cinematographer Håvar Karlsen wanted an realistic look to the commercials. Keeping it more in the realm of capturing real life situations.
The main focus was creating a genuine feelgood sensation while watching the commercials. All the participants in the films are normal people, not actors, portrayed in their natural surroundings.
"Folk som faller" (People Who Fall) is a sweet, yet quircy short film about how people during their lives, fall over and manage to pick themselves up again.
It might sound a bit strange, but think about it again. We all have our ups and downs in life. As long as you can get up again, and learn from it, all is good.
Both the director Bobbie Peers and the screenwriters, Per Schreiner and Bjørn Olaf Johannesen are established film makers.
Peers won Norway's first gold palm at the Cannes International Film Festival 2006 for his short film "Sniffer".
Johannesen is currently working with director Win Wenders on his next project.
I just finished off 2 x TV-commercials for the a popular Norwegian food website, matprat.no.
Matprat are indirectly owned by all Norwegian farmers, and informs the public on how to prepare great meals based on the delicious
Norwegian egg and meat products.
I graded and onlined both films, which where the first two commercials in a series of films for Matprat this autumn. There is more to come!
Mekonomen are Scandinavias largest chain of car-workshops, with over 1400 workshops under their wings.
Production company Tangrystan, spearheaded by director Hans Ingemannsson and producer Beate Tangre, created the commericals in co-operation with the creative team at the client's agency, Dinamo. These commercials have got a large portion of humour. They certainly made me smile when I watched them. Ingemannsson recently directed the latest season of the popular Swedish comedy series "Solsidan".
Margreth Olin is Norway's most respected documentarian. Her awardwinning films have touched audiences with tightly woven stories concerning those who are less fortunate than everyday people. Her previous feature film, "The Angel" (Engelen), was based on the story of a close friend who had a serious drug addition.
The Angel was nominated as Norway's contribution to the American Academy Awards, in the category "best foreign movie".
Olin's latest documentary, reveals the life of minor asylumseeking children in Norway. We follow the brothers Husein and Hassan, from Afghanistan, Goli from Kurdistan and Khalid from Afghanistan. All of which have been through mindblowing ordeals in their home countries, and went through a traitorous journey to get to Norway, where they hoped for a better future.
Henrik is in his mid-thirties, has a serious relationship with his broody girlfriend, but still likes to party like he's eighteen.
When life gets to hard he finds it comforting to escape from realty by visiting his mother, where lays around on the couch drinking chocolate milk.
Martin Lund wrote and directed this quirky movie. Even before the official release date, "The Almost Man" won the
Grand Prix Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012 and actor Henrik Rafaelsen won the award as best actor.
In "90 Minutes" we follow three men, all of which are in different stages of their lives.
They have one thing in common. They have major difficulties maintaining a stable life.
We witness their final moments before they make life changing choices for themselves and their loved ones.
Director Eva Sørhaug tells a strong story about what happens within the privacy off four walls.
"Kon-Tiki" is as close to a large hollywood production as you can get here in Scandinavia. The director duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are very accomplished in both the realm of TV-commercials and features films, and have previously directed the huge cinema hit "Max Manus - Man at war", as well as the French-American western "Bandidas".
Together with producers Aage Aaberget and Jeremy Thomas they are back with the epic story of Norwegian adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl.
Heyerdahl, portrayed by Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, had a theory that Polynesia was populated by people who sailed from South America (Peru).
The theory is still questioned today, but back in the 1940s just the thought was considered outrageous.
I just finished grading two fantastic TV-commercials for Norways largest music festival, Øyafestivalen.
The TVCs were excellently directed by Magnus Rye, beautifully shot by DOP Håvar Karlsen and feature luscious vfx / motion graphics
by the talented crew at Øyedrops, headed by Mads Hornsletten.
The theme for campaign is "urban-magic", which describes the look and feel really well.
Both the commercials were shot on RED EPIC at 120fps in 4K.
I just finished off 4 x TV-commercials for the Norwegian sports-chain, MX Sport. Simple, straight to the point, motion graphics driven product presentations.
The look and feel is based on
4 x TVCs I worked on last year. The post-production was done in co-operation with the agency,
Bente Sognstad from Oktan Bergen, and director Gunnar Vikene from Kong Film.
Last years campaign had 1 x 35 sec "feelgood" profile-film and 3 x 15 sec product-films.
The online session for last years campaign included several sky-replacements, miscellaneous fixes and the motion graphics for the product pack-shots.
A couple of months ago I had the pleasure to work with the production company Tangrystan and one of their talented directors, Trond Fausa Aurvåg.
Together with the creative team from the agency Kitchen we did the online for 3 x cheese commercials for the Norwegian dairy company
Synnøve Finden. We made sure that the product looked it's best and that the message to the viewers was delivered loud and clear.
Apart from directing, Trond Fausa Aurvå is an accomplished actor, one of my favorites in fact. A man of many talents!
Together with fellow artist Marit Larsen, Marion Ravn was part of the former pop-duo M2M, who were very popular and sold approx. 12 million records between 1999 - 2002. When M2M broke up, the record label (Atlantic) wanted to launch Marion Ravn as a solo artist.
Ravn has released several solo albums, and sang a duet with Meat Loaf on the album Bat Out of Hell III (2006).
The last five years Ravn has been featured as a judge / mentor on the Norwegian TV-shows "Idol" and "X-Factor", and been writing new solo-material.
She is making her comeback in 2012 with a new album. The first single from the yet to be released album is "Colors Turn To Grey".
Towards the end of 2010 the guys behind the successful dark comedy "Dag" shot the feature film "Fuck Up".
The story is centered around Jack (played by Jon Øigarden) , who is pretty content with life, but needs to cut back on his consumption of women and drugs. Jack's best friend crashes a car on a drug-run and everything goes to hell. The following 24hrs Jack falls from grace and hits rock-bottom!
In flashbacks he dreams back to when he was growing up with his childhood friends, in an age where everything was perfect.
This is the last Varg Veum movie to be made, the series includes 12 feature films, all of which have gained a faithful audience.
The main star, Trond Espen Seim, also has his feature film debut as a director in "Kalde Hjerter".
Varg is approached by a Siv (Ingrid Olava) who wants Varg to find her missing sister, Maggie (Gitte Witt).
Exactly one year ago I graded 4 x music videos that acted as the opening sequences for the Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest 2011.
These music videos featured beautiful cinematography by DOP Håvar Karlsen, featuring massive Norwegian landscapes and it's local population.
The Norwegian Eurovision TV-shows are produced by Dinamo Eyeworks for NRK.
This year Karlsen teamed up with director Magnus Rye and brought out the big guns!
Director Erik Richter Strand takes us to the dark side of the Norwegian city of Bergen.
Human trafficking, exploitation of young girls and secret societies of high ranking business men are all ingredients in this dynamic story.
Private eye, Varg Veum, is confronted with solving a murder of an unfortunate soul, and in turn gets in to some serious trouble.
The story has a strong link to Bergen, revealing a lot of the special traditions that this west-coast town has.
I love working on short films. The narrative has to be extremely compact, so you have to get straight to the point.
"The Wall" is set in a kind of post-apocalyptic world where food and resources are hard to come by.
The lead character is portraided by Kristian Smedhaugen. He is fighting for survival in the deserted ruins of what used to be a city.
Towards the end of 2010 the guys behind the successful dark comedy "Dag" shot a feature film called "Fuck Up".
The story is centered around Jack (played by Jon Øigarden) , who is pretty content with life, but needs to cut back on his consummation of women and drugs. Jack's best friend crashes a car on a drug-run and everything goes to hell. The following 24hrs Jack falls from grace and hits rock-bottom!
In flashbacks he dreams back to when he was growing up with his childhood friends, in an age where everything was perfect. Or was it?
Once again I had the pleasure to work with director Vibeke Heide
on one of her music videos. This time it's for the band Maribel.
Maribel's style is often characterized as atmospheric dream-pop.
I immediately loved the dark-pulse of the song "Jezibel Jive",
which is the first single from Maribel's 2nd LP "Reveries" Due out in 2012 on Splendour.
Director Heide and DOP Janne Lindgren managed to create a small, yet interesting universe that suits the music well. I like the organic, none "flashiness" of the actors performance and the somewhat creepy location. A simple but very artistic approach.
In this chapter of the movie-series, Norway's favorite private-eye, Varg Veum
ends up in Hungary's capital city, Budapest and finds himself in the middle of an international drama.
The movie is directed by Alexander Eik, who has previously directed two other Varg Veum movies. Eik has also written the script.
The intensity and action level has been turned up to 11!
"Captain Sabertooth" (Kaptein Sabeltann) is Norway's most famous pirate. The man who created the character, Terje Formoe, has built an entire empire around his gold-seeking captain of the high-seas. "Captain Sabertooth" has his own theme-park where thousands of families flock to see the spectacular pirate show in the southern Norwegian town of Kristiansand.
In cooperation with SF Norge, he is back with a new drama TV-series for kids. Norway's largest broadcaster, NRK is airing 26 episodes
featuring exotic new adventures.
"Dag" is back, a new season, full of fresh weird stuff from Dag's rather twisted universe. The marital therapist Dag Refsnes has plenty of demons to handle, he is on the edge, and needs help, fast..... TV2s successful dark-drama-comedy continues.The series features actor / comedian Atle Antonsen as Dag, Anders Baasmo Christiansen as his one-tracked-mind friend Benedikt,