Out in the field with Field
FIELD WORK with these guys are much like beeing on a job with friends. At the same time, the focus on getting the job done is most defently there. Knowing that everyone around you knows their job better then anyone, makes you focus on your own tasks. You dont want to be the drag in this chain. And when I tell you that my first real job for FP during Supervention 2 was in Alaska. You might get a little idea about how I felt. And with athletes Aksel Lund Svindal, Eirik Finseth and Aasmund Thorsen in front of the camera. I was scared...
WRITTEN BY PHOTOGRAPHER SVERRE HJORNEVIK
The past two years I have had the honour and pleasure to work together with the hardworking and awsome people at Field Productions (FP). I first met Filip Christensen (founder, producer and director) in Lofoten many years before I got the chance to work with FP. Somehow our path crossed again on some commercial assigments during the years later. I cant express how glad I am that it lead to me working with them.
TOUCHDOWN In march 2015, mid day, I landed in Haines Alaska. The flight was spectacular (in all aspects), and I was so amaized by the breathtaking scenery. I did on the other hand arrive from another AK destination, Cordova, so I was staring to get used to having my jaw drop everywere. Still, nature and mountains here are so spesial I think only images can explaine what I am talking about (or visiting your self).
LOOKING BACK A few days earlier on the Cordova glaicier in AK. It had been my home for 10 days. Together with Warren Miller Entertainment. We were at Point Norths Helis skitouring camp. A trip I will come back to in an other story. Its the last night at the camp. And I woke up in the middle of the night. Clutching my self to my fieldbed. Still inside my sleeping bag. The walls of the tent are spinning at full speed. I was on a roller coaster. A sick one. I cant focus. I am scared. What is going on. All kinds of thoughts ran trew my head. Cant realy remember, but I think I screamed to my buddy Øystein Aasheim from Ål. He kept on sleeping. Niel Kasper (Tom Days assistant) luckily woke up and gathered the guides. There was a crew of people helping me. I was still clutching to the bed. I crashed after vomited all over the tent. Long storie short.
A MESS Someone cleaned it up. Øystein Aasheim was still sleeping. Thanks guys! I following morning I was transported out of there, hospital next. The following days was crasy, inn and out of motells, hospitals, ambulanses and doctors. Until finally a doctor in Juneau AKs capital, looked at me and said. You are suffering from vertigo. The truth is, I could hardly walk. But this wasnt dangerous. Go home, or stay?
IN BAD SHAPE So there I was. In bad shape, but not suffering from anything dangerous. It just takes time the doctor said (took me 18 months to get rid of it). I went back to my Juneau hotell, googled vertigo, And started my self treathment. No way I was going home now. Haines, here I come. Flying in to Haines was awsome. But part of the spectacular trip was the fact that I was so dissy. Everything I did was a challenge. Just to carry my gear around was a hassle. When Espen Kristiansen picked me up at the airport in Haines I was so glad. Not to be in Haines. Only to the fact that I had arrived. AK was something else. Out of the days we where there, 12 I thinke. We got 4 days on the mountain. And to be honest. Me beening sick, that wasn`t that bad. If we had 12 days up there, I dont know if I could have handled it. I needed all the rest I could have at that time.
TOMAHAWK A legendary mountain for filming in Haines. We parked at the base of it, scoping for lines. It was the first run of the day. Our guide digged a snowpit. All good from his point of view. Sking that mountain is a huge risk, even on good snow. As he looked over at the skiers he asked; You might want a warmup run on somthing smaller? Finseth kept looking at the mountain answering; Warmup run? This is our warmup run!
WARMUP RUN Aksel skied first, then Finseth, Thorsen at the final line. He had picked a big one. Straight down the main shoot. A scenic and beautiful line. Hard to shoot, cause I would love to show you how big this mountain was. But I hope you get the picture. It was big. And he skied it perfectly. At least in my eyes. Being clued to my camera. AK, I hope I will see you again.
BACK HOME in Norway. I hooked up with the field crew again during summer. This time for Jesper Tjäder`s loop session. I didnt know Jesper from before. But I understood quickly why he fits perfectly in to the Field Production crew. His work ethics are impressive. He is the swedish version of Even Sigstad I would say. They both have this mentality about the things they do, they never give up. Yes they do take a break, but come back, and put in that extra attempt. They are people that inspire others, me included. Let me just say, in many ways these are the qualities of many of the crew members in this team. And that might just be the key to FPs success. Hard work!
LOOP DAY After our first shoot in july 2015, Jesper waited 1 year to make his next attempt on the loop. Its june 2016. A late summer evening he makes all of us scream of happiness up on the Galdhøpiggen glacier. Its Jesper`s achievement, but still feels a lot like e team effort.
BACK TO LOFOTEN Visiting Lofoten Islands with FP showed me new sides of this gem of northern Norway. I have been in Lofoten so many times. But now finally with a crew that are capable of doing stuff many cant. The athlete crew was Terje Haakonsen and Fredrik Evensen on snowboard, and Karl Kristian Muggerud on skis. Having very little experience with shooting snowboard, I was trilled to get the chance.
THE PERFECT BASE We set base in Lofotens heart, Digermulen. Eivind Drivflaadt`s Villa Lofoten has the warm home/cabin feeling. And was a perfect location for us. A place so beautiful and populated with so nice people I am afraid to tell you about it. But if you have a chance, drive there. Visit the local shop, buy a vaffle and a cup of coffie, sit down on the harbor and enjoy the view. Anyway, Asbjørn Eggebø Ness was our main guide. He has been to Lofoten many times (check out my story “Last snow in Lofoten”). He knew what we needed. As long as we had the conditions, this could not fail.
THE END Its really no other way to finish of this short story with anything other then; Thanks. Thank you Filip (and your crew) for having me onboard for parts of this project. I think Terje Haakonsen said it. On our last day in Lofoten. Something like; This is so fun, I dont think we are allowed to call it work. And that quote sums up the whole trip really.