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Join us on facebook.com/firestormproductions to get updates and follow the production of "In-Flight". To me there is nothing more magic than the sky and everything in it. The boy in the video reminds me so much of myself and my fascination for aviation, which began in my early years. There is just something very special about it. The sky is the place where the worlds most beautiful phenomenas occur and humans ability to take part in the sky I think is what makes people interested in aviation. Unfortunately there are also to large extent people who find aviation boring and my initial pitch from a preproduction standpoint was to somehow in a new way get them interested in aviation. I think the reason why some people don't have the fascination for planes is due to a lack of understanding of what a pilot really does. Having a boy playing with a toy-plane I thought would be a great way to humanize the whole subject of aviation. I scripted parts of the promo and worked with an edit for a long time. I knew that working with children can sometimes be a challenge so it was important that when we sat out to begin the shoot, we would know exactly what we would need. Luckily the Child in the video (my cousin) raised to the challenge and made it a lot of fun spending two hours in cold wintersuroundings filming. A large part of my family also supported in the project either as characters or helping me relocate the gear we where using. The part of the promo when the camera pitches up at the cloud and finally revealing the real aircraft was a pretty difficult scene to make. I knew that in order to achieve it, there would have to be a big degree of computer animation. I filmed aircrafts coming in to land at a nearby airport and in post, I would go in remove the ground objects and overlay a digital cloud. It was very important to do a good 3D track, so the cloud would stay in position as the camera tilted upwards. What the cloud represents from a story standpoint is the boundary between the real world events (boy with the toyplane) and the child`s imagination . Even though the project was released in 2015, every shot was shot in September to December in 2014. The tittle of the promo "The Magic Of The Sky" was my mothers idea. She was able to set such a suitable title on the project. Concept and Directions : Carl Henrik Strandenæs+ More details
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Firestorms showreel contain footage from primarily four different projects we did in 2014. A big thanks goes to the people we worked with in these projects. Without our actors and people who portray themselves we are close to nothing. We are looking forward to presenting our next project "In-Flight" currently set for spring 2015.+ More details
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Join us on facebook.com/firestormproductions to get updates and follow the production of "In-Flight". This is a teaser-trailer for Firestorm`s upcoming project "In-Flight". The short-film is somewhat delayed and premieres early 2015 on Firestorm`s channel. Synopsis : "In-Flight" is a film about taking the subject of air-travel, a relatively boring subject to so many people and introducing it from a new perspective. We`ll be following flights around the world in detail and make you part of the experience. Our goal is that the next time you sit down in a passenger-seat, you`ll have a greater understanding of what a job it is to keep you and hundreds of other people soaring through the sky at 34.000 feet. We started the shoot this summer and we are going to keep filming until early january 2015, just a few days away from the release-date. So far the footage we have shot is stunning and we are really looking forward to showing it to you. Concept and Direction : Carl Henrik Strandenæs+ More details
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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".+ More details
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I take no credit for the music and the speech spoken by Les Brown. "Going the distance" is a short-film meant to inspire people to aim higher, live your dreams and not dream away your life. The film has been shot over a period of one month at various locations within and without of Oslo, Norway. We have shot all the clips using the 5D mkii with the magic lantern firmware enabling raw-video capture. That has really meant a great deal to us. This is the first time we`ve used that firmware in extremesports environments. I have never been more pleased with the quality coming from that firmware. A negative thing was that we could not do playback while we where out filming so i pretty much had to relay on my monitor while filming to figure out whether we would have to do the scene again. That is of course a very negative thing, but I have to say that 99% of the time the result in post made me smile. Choosing swimming, football and downhill as the main choice`s was quite easy to establish early on. Swimming is a sport I have always wanted to capture with my camera. I was once an athlete-swimmer so I had quite a few camera angles and movements already figured out. Swimming also comes with an incredible visual coolness. Downhill is a sport that we have done before and it has worked well every time. The speed and the terrain is something that makes it look quite dangerous. People who watch extreme sport films want to see something go wrong and they are often likely to see just that. In our case the performer Lars Eirik Bakkom had a great experience with downhill and even though in might look dangerous we picked locations that would give us both visual excitment, but also a degree of safety. Choosing fotball was really not my idea. I personally find football a rather dull sport. My girlfriend thought that it would be a good idea to add football to the promo in order to apply to a more varied ordinance. I took on the challenge on trying to make it more interesting by being a little original in the way I would photograph it. In ending the promo we wanted to return to what the promo is all about, to aim high. Even tough sports may not be the only thing people have goals in, I thought the different sports would work as metaphors. Metaphors for whatever you have to give to reach your goals. After all, "Life is a marathon".+ More details
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Join us on Facebook!!!!!!!! : https://www.facebook.com/firestormproductions "Juggernaut" means "an unstoppable force", and that is exactly what the Hilux Pickup truck is on ice covered roads. We approached this project with the idea of showing a pickup truck doing drifting and breakslading at various locations. The look of the Hilux truck on ice reminded us of the carton "Bambi" in that the driver has no control what so ever. Another big challenge was the lighting on this project. We were shooting this at the time of the year where the day is dominated by darkness. We didn't have any external lighting systems. Having this in mind we knew we where going to have to find a way to deal with the night time cinematography. We started out early by prioritizing the shutter speed. We tried shooting this at 1/160s, but found that the 16-35L series lens with an aperture of 2,8F didn't provide the sensor with enough light. So we went to the fastest of lenses we had available (50mm F1,4). We pushed the shutterspeed down to 1/60s and 1/50s. I dont really like operating with that low shutter speed, but due to the circumstances we had to do so. We where able to vary the iso/asa from 1600-4000 depending on the light. One of the weaknesses of the 5D mkii is that you cant shoot raw video with it. That means you can't correct the white balance, sharpness, contrast and such in post, so we had to be cheerful with the WB, especially at high ISO/ASA performance. We experienced that having the correct WB also hides noise better in the texture of every frame. The music of this trailer have been written and created by us. It has been quite a ride filming and making "Juggernaut", but i am very pleased with the end result. Look forward to the 15th of February to see what we have made.+ More details
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Join our fan community at facbook.com/firestormproductions The year 2012 have been an incredible experience for us. Beginning our first project in february ("First promo of 2012") we sat "the bar" very high. I`ve always felt that the development through the history of our films, should just keep climbing and newer descend. I also feel that that is very true when we talk about our projects in 2012. From the promo quite early in the year we expanded into a terrain cross cycling film that would arise quite a bit from the promo. We shot most of it on the canon t2i (550D) because of the higher frame rates, and at the time we had more lenses for that sensor. Through the year we transitioned from the 550D to the 5D mark ii. That gave the picture higher spectacle and sharpness. The Hilux Movie was clearly the weak-point of the year, but we learned an incredible amount of VFX issues such as "Rig Removal" and "3D tracking". I feel that the result of that project was far from our best film, but more of a learning process for us. The tele2 commercial blew everything out of proportion. We started the shoot in september and shot everything from downhill to skydiving. If anyone would have told me that by the end of the year I would have started on a commercial for tele2 that eventually would place me hanging out of a helicopter to shot skydivers, I would not believe my luck. It was important to me to end the year by changing the logo for "firestorm productions", to really raise "the bar" for future productions, yet I have no idea what we should do once we are finished with the three commercials(1 for tele2 and 2 for OFSK- Oslo Parachute Club). We wish you all a happy new year, and looks forward to share some of our productions with you in the future. - Carl Henrik Strandenæs and Lars Eirik Bakkom+ More details
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If you like what you see, please join our facebook community at : facebook.com/firestormproductions. I take no credit for the soundtrack. About 2 months ago we where given the opportunity to make a commercial for Tele2. Since then we have been trying to push ourselves to the absolute limit in therms of stunts and camera work. We chose three of the most challenging extreme sports known to us : Downhill, Paintball and Skydiving. We knew from the very beginning that this project had to be related to some of the work that we have been doing in the past, so we weren't completely on "new grounds". We had made a downhill movie, but the scope and scale on this one far exceeded to anything we had done in the past. Going up in the air was a big challenge for the cinematography. I wanted to have all of the footage in the helicopter as stable as possible. So we tried mounting a tripod on the inside of the helicopter, but we quickly realized that the vibration from the rotor made the camera shake more than ever before. So I tried to use the steadicam, and i found that i could actually make it work. We had to connect a wire to the steadicam in case I would drop the camera, but it really didn't matter. All of the aerial sequences was shot using the 5D mark II with a 16-35 f2.8 on a glidecam HD 2000. One of the things we did to change the cinematic style of this commercial was to turn the sharpness up to the maximum on the camera, and that obviously made a very good result. The quality of the shot improved massively. I found it to work very well for almost every scene we did, but I have to point out that there are certainly cases were you would need less sharpness to compose "the greatest image". The final shot in the trailer seemed to work very well and was more or less the reason we decided to call this trailer "organic". We've captured so much beautiful video at every location we went to (most notably at Hemsedal) and we are looking towards showing you a great deal of it. We are working as hard as we can on this project and we will release it as soon as we are finished.+ More details
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If you like what you see, please join our facebook community at : facebook.com/firestormproductions. About 2 months ago we where given the opportunity to make a commercial for Tele2. Since then we have been trying to push ourselves to the absolute limit in therms of stunts and camera work. We chose three of the most challenging extreme sports known to us. Downhill, Paintball and Skydiving. We knew from the very beginning that this project had to be related to some of the work that we have been doing in the past, so we weren't completely amateurs. We had made a downhill movie, but the scope and scale on this one far exceeded to anything we had done in the past. Going up in the air was a big challenge for the cinematography. I wanted to have all of the footage in the helicopter as stable as possible. So we tried mounting a tripod on the inside of the helicopter, but we quickly realized that the vibration from the rotor made the camera shake more than ever before. So I tried to use the steadicam, and i found that i could actually make it work. We had to connect a wire to the steadicam in case I would drop the camera, but it really didn't matter. All of the aerial sequences was shot using the 5D mark II with a 16-35 f2.8 on a glidecam HD 2000. We are working as hard as we can on this project and we will release it as soon as we are finished.+ More details
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