How the film became a reality

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The majority of the film was shot in the winter of 2013/2014, but there are also parts that are shot over a time period of 3 years, from 2011-2013. The oldest shots are produced by Pétur Kristján Guðmundsson, and some of them are featured in his full feature film “Heild”. Pétur and Snorri have been friends for a number of years and it was Pétur that inspired the photographer Snorri to have a go with timelapse photography. Soon there after, Arnþór and André joined in on in the project which started taking it´s final shape in spring 2014.

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One of the first timelapse sequences that Snorri shot was the Hraunfossar sequence. After that there was no turning back, the magic of the Aurora framed by beautiful surroundings was simply something that had to be documented. We set ourselves a certain goal at the beginning of the winter, a sort of like our own quality manifesto. It was in our opinion not enough to just catch beautiful Aurora displays of all shapes and colors, but each frame had to look beautiful and be good in itself, even though there wouldn´t be any Aurora. Correctly exposed foregrounds and thought out compositions were a must in our opinion. Aurora photography often tends to focus on the lights themselves and at most a silhouette of the landscape. In many ways that´s understandable, given that the Aurora can be mesmerizing all on it´s own. But to make a whole film interesting, there´s gotta be more than just pretty lights dancing in the sky. After spending more than 90 nights outside over the wintermonths, and over 100.000 frames from appr.60 locations and 200 recorded timelapse scenes later, we finally ended up with enough interesting material to make up a film.

This film is not a representation of reality, we´re dealing with a hyper-reality. Timelapse sequences are put together from thousands of images and usually each second of video is equal to appr. 3-5 minutes in realtime on average.

The film is all shot on Canon dslr cameras; Canon 5d mark2 & 3, Canon 6d, Canon 550d and a wide range of Canon L-series and Zeiss Distagon lenses. Apart from that a wide array of pan/tilt heads, motorized dolly tracks, tripods, 6 different cars, good cakes and truckloads of coffee and tea made this film possible. On the photo below you can see an example of the different sets of wheels for different purposes taken with us while shooting in the highlands…….4×4 Jeep + Quadbike + MTB bike + Wheelchair.

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