The craft of making film and animation has always fascinated me.
When I was a kid, I could never get enough cartoon-shows, cartoon-movies, stop-motion animation like Pingu and The Morph Files. It was just endless enjoyment (and it still is today!)
It was in the moment when I got to see the ”behind the scenes” material from Disney that I got hooked to the art of film-making for real. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing – frame by frame, entire animated movies were taking shape.
The thought of making an animated sequence naturally came to mind, but that was considered to be an impossible task. Remember, this was in 1995 or so! But the idea of shaping an adventure on film was an idea that kept growing on me, little by little. I said to myself ”Because, maybe one day – I could do it, or hopefully get close to it.”
The eye-opening moment came in 2003 when I found out that one of my classmates recorded and edited videos with his brother and some crazy friends with a digital camera. Back then, this was pretty cutting edge – and this was even way ahead of Youtube. The same guy was even recording and producing his own Counter-Strike videos on his own computer, and had been doing so for a while. And it didn’t stop there. He also had a good understanding of 3D animation, website-development etc – and he even built his own PC’s!
I was blown away, and wondered what rock I had been living under. It’s still one of the most influential persons I’ve ever met.
I realized, that if he could do all this, then I most certainly should give each and everything a try. Not everything at once – but one step at a time, and see what happened. And so I did. In early 2005 I managed to capture and edit my first video-game video, of some high-speed driving in Need For Speed Underground 2.
Eventhough game-recording was fun, I’ve always enjoyed a real camera the most.
The first proper video I was shooting was around 2006, when our family was on the search for improvements in our paddling techniques. When mom and dad was in the double-kayak, I got to be the camera-man. When playing back the video at home, it was evident that I did a good job. I had a great time operating the camera, and so I took every opportunity thereafter to shoot video.
Slowly, the line between still-camera and video-camera blurred, and the quality of my work took huge leaps forward.
-More to follow!