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Assessment of “Pojken i garderoben”

Writing Posted on Thu, May 30, 2013 18:44:39

Today the assessment of my final project within this education – my feature film screenplay “The Boy in the Wardrobe” – took place. I don’t know what I expected from it really, since writing it has been a bit of a struggle with lots and lots of rewrites and sometimes rather heavy ones. I wasn’t sure if I managed to get all the pieces together and needed some distance to the screenplay before picking it up again to form an opinion.

The assessment went really well! I was given optimistic and valuable feedback from Sirel Pensaar (Filmpool Nord). I look forward to improve the story further with this feedback as help.

In the meantime, on June 1st I have a deadline for the first draft for a feature film. So, tomorrow it’s back to celtx for some proofreading! 🙂

Pojken i garderoben

Writing Posted on Wed, April 17, 2013 12:38:18

Working on the final stuff for my film “Pojken i garderoben” (“The Boy in the Wardrobe”). There’s some stuff to write and some stuff to fix before the final hand-in on April 26th, a date that has seemed rather distant when the third year begun but now it’s just around the corner. I’m feeling very optimistic and the joy in writing is very present, which is a lovely thing 🙂 Let’s hope I’ll manage to fix everything that remains until the deadline, and that I’ll have time enough to do it well, too!

A reference image I’ve made for the other world in the movie:

Pojken i garderoben and other projects

Writing Posted on Mon, March 25, 2013 16:56:56

Still recovering from the cold. It’s beginning to feel silly now yes, I’ve been sick more than a month now. It’s frustrating since I’ve got so much vocal work to do, but there’s not much to do about it except wait for better times.

In the meantime I’m trying to focus on writing. Not always that easy since this cold is pretty tiring, but this past week I’ve been rather creative and today was one of those days as well.

Things in the feature film I’m writing at school, Pojken i garderoben, have taken more shape. So far I’ve written 75 pages for this new version, and I think it might land on 90 something pages when I’m done for now. I’m trying to find the balance between the two worlds, between the characters, between what my heart tells me to write and what my mind tells me is in the best interest for the script. I don’t know how satisfied I’ll be in the end, I’m rarely satisfied with anything I do really since I always think things can be improved, but I think the bullying story has taken rather good shape by now. Perhaps I still have things to tweak, improve and adjust there, but all in all it might work at least fairly well as it is now. Let’s see what I might find before handing it in though. One week remains until deadline. Lots to go through, lots to try not to forget about. It’s been some time spent working on this project now, and it’s hard to know if everything you thought was important from the beginning is still in there, but I think it might be.

Aside from school I’m writing my second film job as well. A feature film which I can’t say much about, more than that it’s challenging, fun and inspiring. I hope it turns out well in the end.

Since I was a child I dreamed about having something published one day, something I’d written myself. When thinking about it it’s a weird feeling that I wrote the first draft for the movie in the picture below. This movie, directed by Emil Jonsvik, will be shown at the cinema later this year.

I definitely hope I’ll be writing more movies in the future.

The importance of writing

Writing Posted on Fri, November 02, 2012 12:15:16

So I’ve just handed in a four pages long synopsis for the final project we’re working on for school. By the time we’re graduating we will have written a first draft of a feature length film. Everyone is working on a different project that they’ve come up with themselves.

It feels good that I’ve gotten started and I feel inspired to get feedback from my mentor and then keep writing and improving my story. At the moment my story is titled “Pojken i garderoben” (The Boy in the Wardrobe) but that might change later on. Some of the subjects in there are bullying and grieving the loss of a beloved parent, both which I unfortunately have experienced myself. Writing is a lot about self therapy to me I suppose, but also it’s about just telling a story that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with anything.

Writing has always meant a lot to me. I’ve written since I was a child really, many years before I started to sing. It began when I was about 7, with short stories about birds and spooky castles and whatnot, and when I was 12 I wrote 200-paged stories about horses that were mistreated, died and came back to kill as many people as possible. Good thing I abandoned that path soon huh? Otherwise my final project had been somewhat different 😉 When I was 16/17 I wrote some post-apocalyptic thing that was almost as bad as the horse stories, but hopefully by now I write things that make a bit more sense. After having written that story, music became increasingly important to me and I sort of forgot to write. These days I’m happy to have found space enough for both music and writing.