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Old February 18th, 2009, 01:52 PM   #1
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Faale - Straholmen - UWOL long form

My film is based on my home area and my passion for sailing.
Our coastline is loaded with islands and skerries.
In the sailing-ships era was the pilot’s local knowledge important to get the ships safe through.
This film is about the island Stråholmen where the pilots lived close to Skagerrak.
They lied on the roofs and looked for ships to pilot.

Stråholmen is an interesting island for botanists and ornithologists. It is also a popular place to visit for the sailing people in the summer.

Here is a rough outline of the film:

1. The rough coastline.
2. Sailing to Ståholmen (island of straw).
3. Showing our boat in the harbour, and some overview of the island.
4. Flora and fauna on Stråholmen.
5. History of the islands population, the pilots.
6. Valonas wreck.
7. Todays use of the Island (recreation and tourists).
8. Maintenance of the cultivated landscape.
9. Nice scenes from the island mixed with languishing music.

The film sketch I have made so long shows:

1. The rough coastline


2. Sailing for Ståholmen.

I have to do some more interesting shots here.


3. Showing our boat in the harbour, and some overview of the island.

These shots will be retaken, not only because of the UWOL rules, but I have bought
me a new tripod. It will hopefully get smoother pan. I need more film for this section.


4. Valonas wreck.

On Dec 4th 1907 a bark ship was on her way from Calais (France) to her home in
Mariehamn (Åland in the Baltic sea) for Christmas.
Dramatic weather in the dark night ended the voyage in the skerries east of Stråholmen.
Only one man survived, 13 were lost.
I have tried to do some animation to show the ship at the sea and the disaster.
I have got a picture from The Marine Museum in Mariehamn.
An old ship model is also used.
I have to do more film to complete this section.
Jomfruland lighthouse was seen from the ship. I will try to do a night shot of the
rotating light cone from the lighthouse.
I need some shots from the place where the surviving man was saved.
It is also a memorial in Skåtøy churchyard.

The narrating is not added to the film yet.


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Old February 19th, 2009, 04:57 AM   #2
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Hi Finn-Erik,
very interesting project you presenting here. I'm not so well known in this aera of Norway, so it will be nice to watch your finished film.

Was it a blink of Mølen in first part of your linked film or is it a similar view at Stråholmen?
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Old February 19th, 2009, 12:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for comment, Per Johan.

Your observation is correct. It is Mølen, a well known place for you. I have of course seen your winning UWOL film "From the Sea to the Peak".
Stråholmen is an island situated between Mølen and Jomfruland.
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Old February 19th, 2009, 05:54 PM   #4
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Finn,

Great start to your project.

I really liked the zoom to real wide at the dock and the transition to a yard, great contrast.
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Old February 20th, 2009, 06:30 AM   #5
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Finn, I see what you mean in some of the shots - about the shake, but there wasn't too much. Cut some frames from the start of a few of the tracking shots and it would be barely noticed. Some of the side on tracking shots of the waves look quite good. It just has a nice 'fluid' flow to the shape of the wave. There was some pretty strong wind there too.

It also gives a good indication of what you want to achieve showing the Valonas wreck. Hopefully you can get the shots you need to piece this together. It looks like it will come together nicely.
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Old February 20th, 2009, 12:15 PM   #6
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Hi Finn:

Interesting topic choice and a great jump on footage. It will be nice to see the next stage of your work.

All the best,

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Old February 21st, 2009, 04:05 AM   #7
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Hi Finn-Erik.
Great topic and I liked your first shots very much.
About Valonas wreck, is this gonna be under water shots too?
You story seems very exiting and I'm looking forward to see more.
By the way. I have been (one time, some years ago) to a place called Loshavn, is your Stråholmen a similar place?

All the best.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 09:23 AM   #8
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Hi Finn,
Great wave action shots. We don't get that much activity here. In my speakers, the wind noise is a bit rough and peaks out, interfering with the sound of the waves. I wonder if it would be possible to get into a sheltered spot where you could record the wave sound without the wind, and dub it over video?
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Old February 22nd, 2009, 02:28 PM   #9
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Hi Finn-Eric,
Wow this is just another film from Norway i'm really looking forward to seeing. You already have some really nice shots. I especially liked the different angles you got on the boat. It will be really nice to see your finished project. Sounds like it should all come together like a a show about a big adventure.
Good luck,
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 03:44 PM   #10
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Thank you all for comments.

Geir Inge: Unfortunately it will not be underwater shots. First of all, I am not a diver and feel most happy at the surface. Second, it is not much left of the ship. It was smashed, and much of it drifted on shore in pieces. It is similarities between Loshavn and Ståholmen. One difference is that Stråholmen is a small island. It is known for the flora and many observations of different birds of passage. I will try to give this extra attention. The animation and the waves I have done so far could be done in the winter. We have had a cold wintertime until yesterday, but the ice was never strong enough for a walk to Stråholmen.
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 04:59 PM   #11
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cool boat shots, nice beginning...
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Old February 26th, 2009, 04:59 AM   #12
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Cool shots.
A good tripod will definitely help, but the shake is not bad at all.

I agree with Steve about the wind noise.

Good stuff.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 01:00 PM   #13
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All those big seas reminded me of New Zealand - lots of wind along the coast there. So it is interesting to see such big waves elsewhere.

I like your graphics with the ship - moving the picture from full frame to the horizon so that it sat on the water. Very clever. I'll look forward to see how you deal with the rest of the ship story.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 10:23 AM   #14
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ahhh makes me want to get out to the coast again...

Looking forward to seeing how your final film turns out and what you do with the animations you included...like that shipwreck (nice touch).

You have a beautiful boat...I too am a sailor (rather, I am learning to be a sailor) and just watching the footage of your boat on the water was lovely although I still get a little freaked out by that much heal in my own boat.

Fun stuff...
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Old March 1st, 2009, 09:29 PM   #15
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Finn-Erik,
I enjoyed watching your video. Others enjoyed the sound of the waves. What I liked was the sound of the boat working in the wind. It made me want to be there! Your use of the model was very clever and I can’t wait to see how the final edit turns out. Will you be visiting Stråholmen during migration season? Best wishes.
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