Noomaraton is the largest film contest in Sweden and is held on the first Saturday in September each year. You register a team and on competition day every team involved gets the same criteria for making their movie. The competition starts at 09.00 a.m and ends 24 hours later. By then your film must be ready and uploaded if you want to stay in the competition. The rules are the same each year; maximum four crew members who work on the film (actors not included), one theme, three objects and three locations which must be in the movie. This year we got the following:
- Theme – Reinforced reality
- Objects – Flashlight, dice and stapler
- Locations – Dining spot, snapchat and (town)square
We knew from the start that we didn’t want to make a film which is safe and politically correct. We wanted to make the film we wanted to see and enjoy. So we went full 1980’s and completly overboard in the process. America vs. Russia, nuclear threat, training/final shootout montage, witty puns and punchlines, terrible subtitling and a (male) washed up hero of few words. Usually the films which win are the ones with a somewhat safe story so we’re not really counting on making it to the finals with this one, but we are very happy with the result.
Production was fun, stressful and tiring, just as expected. Here’s what our day looked like:
- 09.00 – 11.00 – Screenplay
- 11.00 – 12.00 – Props and costumes
- 12.00 – 18.00 – Shooting scenes
- 20.00 – 05.00 – Post production
We all love this little short so much that we’re thinking of making a proper short with the concept. Actors Lille Peter Jönsson (Falcon) and Jonny Blomkvist (Petrov Wodka) are dying to see some more action, and a few other interesting Malmö-based actors are lined up if Falcon III makes it to production.
The screening of FALCON II is taking place at Panora cinema in Malmö on Tuesday (September 12th) and the doors open at 17.30. Two films from each region make it to the finals in Stockholm. We’re not counting on it, but then again, stranger things have happened. As soon as FALCON II is out of competition I’ll put it up online.
(FALCON (I) has not been made yet, we’re still waiting for Hollywood to call.)
HAPPY WIFE FILMS 2017 CREW:
- Director: Casper Jarmo
- Cinematography: Robin Jansson
- Setwizardry/Still photography: Amanda Nilsson
- Audio recording: Christian Andersen
- Actors: Lille Peter Jönsson & Jonny Blomkvist
Posterwork: Casper Jarmo – Photography: Amanda Nilsson
To see the film follow this link.
During August 1-6 I spent most of my days and nights living in the spectacle called PASSAGE. Performing acts from all around the world took the streets of Helsingborg and Helsingör, and made them their stage for a week. I was hired to document the events in Helsingborg, put the footage on a drive and send it over to Denmark for editing.
So this is not an official video in any way – I made this for me. I got so many great shots (I have over 50 hours of material) and I couldn’t help myself from making a little montage with some of it. Recently I also got a hold of Red Giant’s Universe for After Effects and that comes with the most diverse VHS-plugin I’ve seen so far.
If you know me a bit, you know I love anything out of the 80’s. I grew up with VHS-casettes and I still remember editing my first movies with an old Panasonic camera and a VHS-player. It’s not for everyone, and some people might wonder why you would take perfectly fine images in vibrant colours, and drag it through the analog mud. Well, because it’s an art form, it’s nostalgia, and just as unexpected and glitchy as half-improvised acts on the streets. This is the Passage VHS montage.
Music used: Hogan Grip – “Stance gives you balance”
If you have any questions about the acts feel free to ask and I’ll point you in the right direction. And if you don’t like my montage – have a look at some cleaner photos from the event here.
Documenting this years Passage-festival (one week of “street-theathre” in Helsingborg & Helsingör) was a blast. I met so many amazing people on the job, both performers and spectators. Street-theatre really brings out the best in (most) people and there were so many golden moments to capture. I mainly filmed the events but there were times when a photograph just did the job better. These are some of my favourite moments.
We decided it’s time to set our short film “Mitt hjärta jublar” (My heart rejoices) free. So this Sunday, we’re putting a link up for anyone who’s interested in watching 12 minutes of misery, accompanied by a gorgeous original soundtrack composed by Therese Jarmo and Christian Andersen.
The movie entered this years Pixel film festival (at Ystad studios, Swe) but never won any prize. I wrote this film together with Robin Jansson (who also did the camerawork and loads of editing) and it was the first thing we did together from start to finish. Here’s the trailer:
The film is in Swedish, with English subtitles. Full cast and credits on imdb.com.
Yesterday I went to a lake in a small community called Hyllinge to get some better photos of a treehouse I Instagrammed about a year ago. I knew I was going for some black and white shots, mainly because of the doomey weather combined with the uneven angles of the treehouse. I thought the shot of the structure against the lake would be my best (and only) shot for the day (since Hyllinge isn’t the center of the visual world really), but I was lucky enough to catch a man fishing which turned out to be the better photo. As I left I noticed some flowers growing on the roof a little cabin, something you don’t see everyday. I felt lucky because this way I could shoot the flowers comfortably from below, catching some light in a different way than normally, and I even liked to colours enough to keep them. No matter what you’re planning, you just don’t know what you’ll end up with as you step out the door with a camera.
I’m happy to finally add the edited shots I took at the old dairy factory about a week ago. This place was built in the 60’s and the building is gorgeous. It’s got a basement (now flooded), a main floor and a second floor. The building is huge, but every inch is covered in graffiti which has been building up for years. There are obviously people living there since the floor was covered in poop, both fresh and stale. As we snuck around the floors, making nothing but shuttersounds we heard footsteps (there’s glass everywhere) and loud breathing, quite creepy since you don’t really know who’s making those sounds. But judging from the traces people left there it ain’t Jehovah’s witnesses living in there. Amazing spot to say the least, both in and outside.
Just some quick seaside snaps from Råå (Helsingborg, Sweden) – went pretty hard on the sliders as far as contrast goes.