This is the biggest production I've been on yet, with a budget of 1 million norwegian kroner. For part one of this production I got to work together with Trondheim's most experienced gaffer, Pål Aarnseth. Together we emulated sunlight into a house and covered all the windows with ND filters. We also had one of the grips, Eilif (guy in gray hoodie) as well as some runnners help us out with holding lights as it was windy and we didn't have enough sandbags.
The cinematographer wanted sunlight in, but being able to shoot out the windows. First we cut big pieces of ND covering the windows, but it wasn't perfect so we had to take them down again and cut smaller pieces fitting into the window frames. They were held there by vaccum created by spraying water under them, then pushing the water out.
It was overcast for most of the two days, but when the sun decided to show up, we had to throw up a huge silk frame to soften it out.
A lot of the time on set was spent just holding bounce boards and lights in place. Inside, the cinematogrpaher set up a kino-flo to lift the exposure.
PART TWO: Forest shoot
The 2nd part of the production was shot in August, around a small lake not too far from my house. Here they didn't have Eilif or Pål on set, and there were almost no light setups, so I worked a lot more as a grip. Formally, I was also the gaffer here! But there was very little light work to be done.
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Did a bit of manual light bouncing and flagging. Below is the only lamp we used for part two, here working to emulate the outside light, lifting the exposure of the boy. I did a lot of dolly-pushing and pulling. The most advanced setup was probably the circular track seen above and below.
The 2nd film I shot at school, "Far" is now available for free on Vimeo. Shot in one day using mostly natural light on a Panasonic AG AF-100 except for the barn door part. I was also grip on this film, setting up improvised PVC-pipe-rails for an old skater-dolly found behind the curtains in the school's studio. I had two assistants help me with this while I was filming. This film was shown at the 2016 Amandus film festival and Odense International Film Festival.
I'm a freelance gaffer. I also do basic grip work.