Norway is sublime. Arriving by airplane to Molde there were miles and miles of white snow and mountains, trees like in Oregon in the States. The landscape doesn’t seem real. It is almost too beautiful, almost too clean.
We were brought to Norway by the Western Norwegian Film Council. For me coming here is a dream come true. Since I first saw the footage of Carl and Jean jumping in Norway in 1984 I was looking forward to the day I when I would get to go to Norway to see where these giant cliffs were. This land is big and empty, a place that doesn’t really seem to exist. My time here so far has felt like a dream, a perfect dream where the food is good, the people are nice, and you are supported in the work you want to do. We have been taken care of completely.
Yesterday I spoke of our film Gravity at a film summit, a meeting of many filmmakers from the area. I was very happy with the response and enjoyed sharing our project. They understood what we are doing and understood and responded to the Norwegian aspects of film. They “got it”.
We met some amazing new friends including location scouts from the UK who had great stories about working with famous directors. We also finally met our Norwegian co-producers from Flimmer Films. Flimmer will be working with us to get the Norwegian part of our film finished.
We then went and ate dinner in a cave in the mountains. We were taken around in a boat in this cave with beautiful clear water.The cave was candle lit and very romantic. We then sat and ate an amazing feast. The food here is fantastic. We ate and ate and met more fantastic people.
We then drank late into the night at local bar. Then we hung out in one of the location scout’s rooms drinking Aquavit till the morning. It was epic, it was life affirming. Norwegians know how to party. Norwegians know how to treat their guests very well.
In the early eighties Carl Boenish coined the acronym “BASE” (standing for Buildings, Antenna, Span, and Earth, the objects jumped) and invented a sport. Carl was the catalyst behind modern BASE jumping; an electrical engineer and filmmaker who believed that BASE jumping would allow mankind to overcome artificial limitations. He religiously chronicled the early days of BASE in beautiful 16mm film, often with cameras mounted to the jumpers’ heads. He saw BASE as the next amazing thing to film. Subscribe via RSS.