How the film became a reality

The majority of the film was shot in the winter of 2013/2014,
but there are also parts that are shot over a time period of 3 years,
from 2011-2013. The oldest shots are produced by Pétur Kristján
Guðmundsson, and some of them are featured in his full feature film
"Heild". Pétur and Snorri have been friends for a number of years and it
was Pétur that inspired the photographer Snorri to have a go with
timelapse photography. Soon there after, Arnþór and André joined in
on in the project which started taking it´s final shape in spring 2014.

One of the first timelapse sequences that Snorri shot was the
Hraunfossar sequence. After that there was no turning back,
the magic of the Aurora framed by beautiful surroundings was
simply something that had to be documented. We set ourselves a
certain goal at the beginning of the winter, a sort of like our own
quality manifesto. It was in our opinion not enough to just catch
beautiful Aurora displays of all shapes and colors, but each frame
had to look beautiful and be good in itself, even though there wouldn´t
be any Aurora. Correctly exposed foregrounds and thought out
compositions were a must in our opinion. Aurora photography often
tends to focus on the lights themselves and at most a silhouette of the
landscape. In many ways that´s understandable, given that the Aurora
can be mesmerizing all on it´s own. But to make a whole film interesting,
there´s gotta be more than just pretty lights dancing in the sky. After
spending more than 90 nights outside over the wintermonths, and over
100.000 frames from appr.60 locations and 200 recorded timelapse
scenes later, we finally ended up with enough interesting material to make up a film.


This film is not a representation of reality, we´re dealing
with a hyper-reality. Timelapse sequences are put together
from thousands of images and usually each second of video
is equal to appr. 3-5 minutes in realtime on average.

The film is all shot on Canon dslr cameras; Canon 5d mark2 & 3, Canon 6d, Canon 550d and a wide range of Canon L-series and Zeiss Distagon lenses. Apart from that a wide array of pan/tilt heads, motorized dolly tracks, tripods, 6 different cars, good cakes and truckloads of coffee and tea made this film possible. On the photo below you can see an example of the different sets of wheels for different purposes taken with us while shooting in the highlands…….4x4 Jeep + Quadbike + MTB bike + Wheelchair.

Hello Aurora Borealis fans around the world!

We are a group of three independent filmmakers from Reykjavík, Iceland and a web developer from Portugal. We specialize in Aurora/Northern Lights timelapse photography and here we´ll be posting behind the scenes stories and shots from our first film “Iceland Aurora”.

We spent more than 90 nights outside last winter, filming Aurora Borealis timelapses in 60 different locations around Iceland and shot more than 100.000 High-Res photos. On this Tumblr blog we´ll try to give you a little peek behind the scenes and get a taste of what kind of a huge project it can be to make such a film.

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More info on our first film can be seen at: www.icelandaurorafilms.com

Scenes from the film: www.500px.com/icelandaurorafilms.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/icelandaurorafilms