The film about Sid was recorded in a lake in Halland, Sweden for over three summers. The same pike was in its usual place at almost every dive. It became so used to me and my equipment that I could come very close and film even when it took its prey. But most of the time the pike stayed motionless on the bottom, except when it got a couple of fresh-caught fishes. Free lunch fit nicely, but otherwise it was work-shy mostly – just like the dodger Sid in a particular comic strip, so the pike got the name Sid.
The film is a co-production between AQUA PHOTO, Tony Holm and Film in Halland, film consultant Birgitta Olsson. SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE, film consultant Andra Lasmanis and THE SWEDISH ARTS GRANTS COMMITTEE have supported the film.
Length: Nearly ten minutes. Available in HD 1080p. Recorded on film formats in Super 16. Scanned to full HD 1929x1080 in 4:4:4:4. Edited in Apple Final Cut Studio.
Audio: Tony Holm and CloudberrySound, Henry Ohlin.
The film shows how beautiful the environment used to be in an oligotrophic clearwater lake. Nowadays, the view is just a few meters and the water is yellowish brown instead of blue-green as it was about ten years ago.
Synopsis: Sid was a lazy pike that I dived with for more than three summers. The pike got used to me and was even waiting when I prepared diving. He was keen on free lunches so he got that and I got my best shots ever. I named him Sid because he reminded me of a Mr Fernwilter in the comic strip ”Ernie”.