Thursday, 24 November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

This drawing was inspired by a doll my Argentinian friend made. She is the Queen of Hearts, looking for her King. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and remember that this life and this breath is precious :)

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Stereotypes on Freelancers

This infographic is a bit old but it breaks the stereotypes of freelancers. Since I am a freelancer in illustration, film & TV and events, I thought this would be interesting (Click for bigger image).

2012 Freelancer Report Infographic (image) - See more at:
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Monday, 21 March 2016

Blått Lerret 16 Mar 2016

Blått Lerret mars 2016
Grand Hotel

Blått Lerret (The Blue Screen) is a quarterly event organised by the Norwegian Film Institute's Promotion and International Relations department (lanseringsavdelingen) to promote Norwegian films that are premiering in the coming season. This time it is to promote three films that are coming in Spring - Grand Hotel, Pyromannen (Pyromaniac) and Sensommer (Late Summer). Hisham Zaman's short "A Boy in the Picture" opened the evening.

All the films seem interesting with the producer, directors and actors discussing the films with an intriguing insight to the production process. Entrance is usually 100 kroners plus 75 kr, but I have some connections so I always get in on the guest list :)

 Blått Lerret at Parktheatret in Grunerløkka. 
Doors opened at 19:30 and the event began at 20:00.
The host was Kalle Løchen and there was DJ and bar for the whole evening.
 Interview with Hisham Zaman for A Boy in the Picture. I liked the short quite well because it didn't have any dialog, only black and white shots of the boy as he went along his day. After speaking to the director privately, I found out that the boy was his nephew and that he was chosen because he resembled the director when he was a boy. It is in a way, an interesting self-portrait made decades into a person's life.

 Interview with Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, director of Sensommer. 
A highly productive young director who likes to work mostly with film cameras, not digital. I have great admiration and respect for his skill and enthusiasm for film that he keeps producing. That is the level of creativity that I want to have and everyone is capable of reaching that potential.

Film location was also the accomodation for 14 actors and crew.

 Comedian Atle Antonsen stars in Grand Hotel

All links and recording copyrighted by NFI.


Sunday, 20 March 2016

Norwegian Film Collection 2015-2016

Recently I received a feedback form from the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) about a project that I was coordinating in a team last year. The project is to make a presentable Norwegian Film Collection for overseas to build up the brand for Norway and its film industry. The Collection was launched in March 2015.

Using 3D effects in Photoshop, I designed this image above. During the process, I was going back and forth a lot with the contractor and the designer for the packaging. Minor details like the alignment of the titles, making it in alphabetical order, having colour coding for the different genres, where to place the logos, photos to place on the cover, spoofreading and gathering information for synopsis and crew fell onto my table. Mia Lindrup and Ingrid Dokka from the Promotion and International Relations department in NFI were part of our lovely team. The project is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway.

The aim is to strengthen the dissemination of Norwegian film abroad, so that Norwegian film art and film culture gets a wider distribution and capture an audience outside the major film festivals. The Film Collection will lead to greater demand in the long term for Norwegian film and enhance opportunities for sales and international distribution. They come with subtitles in ​​Norwegian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, Portuguese / Brazilian version, Arabic, Russian and Mandarin.

Content in Movie Collection 2015-2016
  • Eight feature films: Kon-Tiki, Jeg er din (I am yours), Victoria, Pionér (Pioneer), Kyss meg for faen i helvete (Kiss me fucking hell), Keeper`n til Liverpool (Goalkeeper for Liverpool), Pelle Politibil på sporet (Pelle the Police Car on the track), Jørgen + Anne = Sant (Totally True Love).
  • Four documentaries: En ballong til Allah (A balloon for Allah), Til ungdommen (Bravehearts), Søsken til evig tid (Siblings forever), Let The Scream Be Heard
  • Two stock footage collections: Five Edvard Munch short films and a collection of polar films
  • Twelve short films: Stop Blaming the Iceberg, Skallaman (Bald man), Prematur (Premature), Å åpne, å se (Opening to see), Mannen fra isødet (The Man from the ice fields), Alien Repair Guy, Snø (Snow), Pyse (Wimp), Drømmen om kongeørnen (Dream of the Golden Eagle), Det siste norske trollet (the last Norwegian troll), Den magiske tiden (The magic time) og Superpappa og Pelé.

It was tedious to get every single detail right in text and graphics. Having some design background helped as I made a template for the designer to follow. Tedious work, but loads of fun :)

Some of the feedback (translated from Norwegian):

"We have experienced increased demand for Norwegian film from film festivals and cultural institutions around the United States and are very excited to have these great packages to offer them. Most used are films for children, and the embassy has shown short films for children at several events in cooperation with cultural institutions in Washington D.C. We hope the new package in 2017-18 will be produced, as we have benefited greatly from the program."

 "When we have used the films in various festivals / theaters they were shown to a large audience of different ages and from different backgrounds. (The Film Collection) has been widely embraced. It is particularly important with good Russian subtitles in all movies. English is not a language people master well in Russia, and thus subtitles are indispensable."

"The embassy in Rome are very pleased with the Film Collection 2015-2016. The films have been shown at the main arena of Nordic Film Fest, which takes place for the fifth time this year, with an audience of around 3,500 people. A Nordic Film Festival in Rome showed Nordic culture for an Italian audience through cinematography. About twenty festivals and film clubs in Italy have used this collection's different alternatives. We hope for a new edition 2017/18."

x Pixy

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Berlin 2015 - Jewish museum

When one visits Berlin, a museum they shouldn't miss is the Jewish Museum Berlin.
It is a fascinating but sobering experience, when one realises that a group of human beings can do horrendous things to another group of human beings for some idealism. This isn't some theory or history in a book but reality of violence that repeats itself and at present.

I love Menashe Kadishman's installation entitled Shalekhet (Fallen Leaves).
Transience amplified. Poisoned by Nazism.

The grim triangle of light reminds one of the little light they must have in the shelters they go to. Inside they must be screaming in fear, no matter how brave they hold up. What will happen to their kids, family and themselves?

Walking on the faces creates a loud clanging noise that echoes and amplifies in the hallway of death. The noise of one is locked up in chains, trying to escape. Despair. Trampled upon by others. "I am better than you, bitch" Bullying. I don't give a ****about you - you are nothing. Dirt on your face is well-deserved.

Over 10,000 lives lost - of which genes, family history, intelligence disappears along with them. One wonders if the human race becomes stupider because of the lost of such valuable lives. The multiple insinuations of this installation is well-thought-out.

I cried inside for these wasted lives and pray that pain, hate and unrest in this world and in the hearts of human beings will disappear one day.

~ pixy

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