Holy crap, I’m on YouTube – part 2

Day 2 out of 3.

Now, time has come for my short ZOOM DE TEMPS from 2008.

In this film you meet a woman who is pulling a time machine through a vast uninhabited landscape. Go figure.

This is by far the strangest film I’ve made. But if you’re in the right mood, it’s a mysterious, creepy and powerful little art house short film that I’m quite proud of. Shot on Super16mm in Rekvik (Kvaløya, Norway) during four days in August 2007, Zoom de Temps was the first film I ever shot on celluloid and that had a “respectable” budget (approx 350.000 NOK). It’s probably the short film I’ve done that is most in its natural habitat when experienced in a cinema theater with Dolby surround. This baby is pure Cinema.

Cast is Hege Aga Edelsteen and Håkon Mathias Vassvik, DP is Martin J. Edelsteen, sound is designed by Are Stifjell, and the score is composed by Erik Stifjell. (Yes, they are brothers.) I wrote, directed, edited and produced this one.

Zoom de Temps didn’t get as wide a festival distribution as Hopp, but it became a hit at the NFI’s short film promotion dept. They really believed in it. The film never made it to any of the bigger film festivals, though it got very close to getting selected for competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. It was in there until the very, very last round of selection. But as we all know, ALMOST is not enough to get into the history books — it’s rather a good anecdote for me to tell my grandkids…

This film was the first 100% Retriever Film production, and before this I’d never carried the “burden” of actually having a cash budget. It received a production grant from The North Norwegian Film Centre and a post-production grant from the NFI. A big thanks goes to the mentioned for believing in the project, even though it is quite experimental and despite the fact that I rejected writing out a full screenplay. I just wrote sort of a short treatment because I wanted to be more open to spontaneity and potential magic inside the material while shooting the film. Hey! That sounds like a pretentious load of horseshit, I know, but believe me — it was actually a very rewarding experiment. Been there, done that.

Once again, you’ll find yet another short on here tomorrow. All lips are sealed until then.

Hope you like it. Enjoy!