A mountain, two Norwegians and a camera

It was a beautiful day in the beginning of January. The snow had settled like a white blanket covering the earth. I grabbed my camera and a shoulder rig before heading to the pickup spot. The blue VolksWagen shot over the bridge in high-speed and the breaks squeaked a little bit before the car stopped in front of me. I put my gear in the back and hopped into the front seat next to my friend Benjamin.

Let the adventure begin.

I think we all have some friends that we just know we are going to do fun stuff with for the rest of our lives. Benjamin is one of those friends for me. We’ve been making films, playing music and designing websites together for a solid amount of years. Back in January, we decided to go on an adventure and just film something. Everything was really spontaneous. We knew we were going to film something that would fit Benjamin’s music, and we knew we wanted to go to a mountain. From there, we just drove through the country side of Norway and stopped along the road when we saw something cool.

One of the things I learned with this project is how key lighting is. We shot this during a whole day, but the light in Norway at the time is almost a full day of “the golden hour” (which is a time of day where the light is really colourful and soft), which usually just appears one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset.

The second I learned was this: location, location, location! How much do we really want to sacrifice to get the best location possible? We could have settled for something less, but deciding to climb the mountain and getting to the amazing view. It really paid off!

I’ve discovered this about myself, that I need a reason to film. I’m not the kind of person who enjoy to just capture nature and random things that pop up. It needs people in there, because with people, you suddenly have a story. It can be as simple as getting from point A to point B, but it makes the video way more interesting.

Anyways, have a look at the video and let me know what you think! Anything you like or dislike? Or maybe you agree or disagree with something I wrote? Would love to hear back from you!

One last thing! If you want to hear more from Honestly, please check them out on their websiteYouTube or Spotify!

Enjoy!

– M

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