SHORT / NOVEL FILMS
17.05.09: "The North Cape" - SuperWIDE panoramic SHORT FILM - Online & VFX

Every once in a while a ground-breaking project turns up. "The North Cape" was a huge undertaking.

With a production cost of 10 million NOK, it's probably one of the most expensive short movies ever made in Norway.
It will be show on a massive 19,5 x 3,8m (!) screen at the North Cape Hall, situated at Norway's northenmost point, 71° north.

The movie was shot on a custom made rig that used 3 x Panasonic AJ-HPX3000 HD cameras mounted side-by-side.
The cameras were fanned out at slightly different angles so when combined they covered a 16:3 frame.

The post production was done at 5760x1080 pixels, which is roughly 6K resolution.

Later on in the shoot, additional shots where done using a Red One at 4K. High-resolution timelapse sequences where shot with 3 x Nikon SLRs.

Director Hallgrim Haug, and DOP Marius Johansen Hansen have created a cinematic piece with beautiful imagery, wonderfully edited to an amazing soundtrack.

My main job in the online process was to stitch together the HD / SLR footage to create single 6K images.
This included removing lens distortion / vignetting / color differences / unwanted objects from each HD stream, which involved a fair share of tracking and roto-work.
I used a 30" computer screen while doing the online, which enabled me to view half of the entire image at full size (1:1 pixel mapping).

Additional VFX shots where handled flawlessly by the great Tor Øra.

Fredrik Harreschou graded and tweaked the final movie on his Scratch grading system, making the images even more stunning.
The final grade was done in an old aircraft hanger just outside of Oslo. The complete setup including 3 x projectors was used during the final stages.

I'm really looking forward to see the final result in full scale. It's going to be quite breathtaking.

An estimated 200.000 people will see the movie every year. It will screen for a minimum of 10 years, making it one of the most see movies in Norway.

So if you're planning a trip to the North Cape, go and see the movie!

If you find the it too far to travel, check out the HD-version here!

Credit shortlist:
Production Company: Nordisk Film & TV AS
Director: Hallgrim Haug
DOP: Marius Johansen Hansen FNF
Producer: Odd Syse
Editor: Jo Eldøen
Online / VFX: Dylan R. Hopkin
Technical Supervisor / RED conform: Torulf Henriksen
VFX: Tor Øra
Colourist: Fredrik Harreschou
Composers: Atle Halstensen, Svein Schultz and Herman Rundberg

Technical details:
Duration: 14 min
Original Format: 3 x Panasonic AJ-HPX3000, RED One
Release Format: Digital Cinema Installation
Aspect: Superwidescreen 16:3

Post-production gear:
Offline: Avid Media Composer
Online: Avid DS 10, Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Combustion
Grade: Assimilate Scratch

Links:

TV2 Norway: Behind The Scenes (Norwegian)
Rushprint: Året gjennom Nordkapp (Norwegian)
Rica Hotels: Nordkapp Hallen (Norwegian)

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