A joint collaboration with rock / ambient / experimental band MONO (monoofjapan.com), Legend takes you on an epic journey through Iceland's breathtaking landscapes during the time of the midnight sun.
The film travels across Iceland, from the floating blue icebergs of Jokulsarlon's glacial lagoon to the steaming geothermic vents of Myvatn, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar to the breathtaking sunsets on Snaefellnes Peninsula, and the barren volcanic landscapes of Askja to the vast fields of lupin near Husavik.
Legend was shot over a 2 week period in June 2012 when the sun barely sets below the horizon and you never see darkness. It was filmed completely in 5K resolution using Canon full frame DSLRs on motion timelapse equipment from Kessler Crane.
Mono's score of the same name, Legend, is from their upcoming album "For my parents". Its edgy cinematic and epic quality helps describe Iceland - a breathtakingly beautiful yet unforgivingly dangerous place.
Special thanks to Egill Agustsson and Adalsteinn Petur Karlsson of Husavik for their help with my car problems on Iceland National Day. It's the country's biggest holiday and they helped me get back on the road so I could continue filming.
Last but not least, a big thank you to fellow filmmaker Joe Capra (scientifantastic.com) for his guidance and inspiration. His tips and advice were invaluable in helping me prepare for this trip.
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Cycling in Iceland seems like a great idea, but you have to be prepared to fight. Strong wind, unstoppable rain, gravel road, hurrying tourist in buses, cars and caravans make this idea tough. But you are not alone, you have friend cycling with you, birds showing right direction, bright midnight sun and incomprehensibly beautiful nature surrounding your way.
During 3 weeks we cycled over 1000 kilometres, visited spectaculars places (Highlands, West fjords), met great people and enjoyed our life. This all is reflected in this short video.
And now we know that Iceland is definitely one of the places you should see before you die!
Big thanks to Jack Matthias for the GREAT song.
Shot on Canon EOS 600D (18-55mm kit lens, Helios 44-4 58mm f2) and Gopro Hero2