The first three dimensions is Length, width and depth. The fourth dimension is time. Considering that we have started to do moving shots with our timelapses "Through Europe in 4 Dimensions" felt like a very appropriate title.
I was obsessed with an idea. I really wanted to move the camera while timelapsing. Moving through a crowed of people for instance or moving while having an object in the senter of the frame. That I imagined would be very powerful scenes. To visualize locations over time while moving like you and I do every day.
Making movement happening turned out to be more complicated than I had thought. There where very few examples of people who had done this before without some type of electronic rig. There where no tutorials for how to make it happen. I wanted to move the camera over quite long distances(up to 400 meters) so electronic rigs where out of the question. I tried many times to make it happen and in the end I came up with a way to do It. All I want to say is that part of the process is digital stabilization. Once I had mastered the process I shot these types of timelapses In Oslo and Rome.
I have made a decission some time ago to put as much meaning into my films as possible. I try to reduce as much as I can what I like to call "the random factor" (Things you can't control). I didn't decide for myself to bring my camera to Rome because of how it would look in the movie. I went to rome because that was the place we went for our holiday. Luckily for me it was a beautiful city through the lens and one of the prettiest cities in Europe.
The plane in the film is only there to make a better connection between cities featured in the film. It is simple to say that these are all cities in Europe and therefore it makes sense to have them in the same film, but it makes even better sense to have a way of transporting the attention of the ordinance from one city to another using the clips of the plane.
Another thing that was important to me was a connection between the opening shot and the last shot.Once you have began your film with a sunset you can't argue that you have to end it with a sundown.
I really wished we could have featured more cities in our film(Paris, Berlin and Venice would have been nice), but considering the end result I feel that the film is great without them. I am very proud of "Europe in 4 dimensions".