Among the mountains of Ørsta
As an introduction to the subject Outdoor Media Production, pulled everyone should have this course in the fall semester on a trip to a cabin on Standalhytta close Hjørundfjorden, Ørsta.
The group consists of students in several disciplines, including MID, PR and Outdoors. Besides this group, there is a large group of international students from the Erasmus program. This group consists mainly of people from Spain (Catalonia), France, Germany and the Baltic states.
Beforehand, we were divided into small groups where each group was dispersed. I would work with Karoline from the 3rd year of MID and Irina from Barcelona. With a person from a foreign land, a MID student with design specialization and myself who know a lot about audio / video, this was set to be an interesting group to cooperate. The first day consisted of a multitude of workshops composed of those responsible for subject. Everything from recording, photography and creative thinking were records we visited throughout the day. The purpose of the cabin trip was getting to know the group you were working, and that the whole group would get an impression of what the outdoors and the topic will go on.
Later we went together in groups to get to know each other and start the task we had, we should make a video of 2 minutes, where all three were to tell a story related to the outdoors and our experiences with nature here in Sunnmøre. We had fibrous different experiences, where I had the most experience with my background in hunting and fishing from a young age. Irina from Catalonia who was the group had worked for a organisiasjon who took the kids out into nature, but were not familiar with the Norwegian nature. Karoline from MID3 had been bitten by the nature bug when she moved here, but was not a friluftsmennske before that time. This laid a good foundation for how we could tell three completely unique stories with very different views on what outdoor activities are.
Throughout our stay at Standalhytta we worked with the ideas and the design of the film in the scenery. The weather was really buddy along for the ride, after the kilo with fog had filled the whole valley before. The sun broke free from the clouds, giving us beautiful photo opportunities the following hours until dinner. The second day, we went hiking in the mountains as a whole group. Before reaching the valley we were supposed to chill at, we stopped several times to capture the beautiful landscape surrounding us this beautiful september day. Later the day, we started to shoot for our film. First up was Karoline, who had figured out who to tell her story. Sitting next to a waterfall created by a melting glachier, the scenery was beautiful. Our capturing this day gave us a good start for the film, and made us quite creative on how to tell our stories and bring a dramatic question/dramaturgy to the story.
The last day, the fog had appeared. although not with the same thickness and scale. Irina had courses with the international students, so Karoline and I collected the gear and drove down the valley to Standal at the reach of Hjørundfjorden. This became the scenery of my film introduction, along an abandoned ferry station with the fjord and mountains behind. Because of the short day, we didn´t managed to start with Irinas introduction, so we made a quick battle plan for shooting her´s in Volda instead.
Overall, this was a great introduction to the subject among a stunning and beautiful scenery perfect for photographers like us. Looking forward to the finished film and the result.