Vikingskipet, Hamar
27.–31. March, 2013
Freestyle Video and interview with Fandrem
Photo by Screenshot from Hindsight

Freestyle Video and interview with Fandrem

What is freestyle video anyway?

For the last couple of years, The Gathering has organized a competition called Freestyle Video. It is about making a movie or animation that leaves the audience in a state of awe. You have no more than four minutes to tell the audience your story. How you do it is up to you.

The slogan for the competition is "For animation, editing, direction, and innovation that is worth more than YouTube". Last year's winner, Håvard Fandrem, nailed the challenge and won with the entry "Hindsight".

A key factor in everything creative is inspiration. Finding inspiration is never easy. This year, Creativia has made a subpage called Inspiration, where we've gathered old entries, links and tips on how to start the creative process. Another important factor is that ideas must mature - they need time!

The mentors are still in our fantastic Creative Lounge, with a dedicated video mentor, Lasse Selvli aka Basse. If you wish to learn more about workflow, filming, editing, lighting and everything that follows, you are welcome to talk to him in the Creative Lounge. Maybe you find your name in the end credits of next year's easter film?

With the technology in today's cameras and accessibility, there is nothing stopping you from making your own little short film. And it can be worth it: In Freestyle Video the pot for first place is 15 000 NOK! Not to mention second place, with a pot of 7 500 NOK, and third place 4 000 NOK.

Håvard Fandrem, what inspired you to make "Hindsight"?

All the movies I had made up to "Hindsight" were (cheezy) actionshorts that always involved shooting or another type of violence. Therefore, the goal this time was to make something completely different, a dramashort where the goal was to be able to tell the story through music and dramaturgy. Whether we actually succeeded is a good question.

How long did it take to make it?

It took a week from when we had the idea to when we had filmed everything. Within that week, we had been through scripts, storyboard, animated storyboard, plus planning and reservation of locations. The last four days we worked from early morning to late night. Afterwards, a lot of time went to editing, because we discussed how we were going to do it a lot. There was also a lot of procrastination involved.

How many years have you been at The Gathering, and how many years have you been sitting in the Creative Lounge?

Last year was my third year, but the first year I was involved with the Creative Lounge.

Any plans to deliver any entries this year?

No, my plans for this year is to relax with games and events. It was very stressful to work with deadlines last year.

Did you meet other people who do video editing last year?

Well, I don't think I have gotten to know anyone, but I did get to meet several people through the competition.

Do you have plans to get a job in video editing?

I don't know yet, but I know I want to do something within film.

Looking forward to The Gathering?

Of course!

What do you use to edit your videos?

I use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit, and Adobe After Effects for special effects like color correction and camera stabilization. The reason is that I learned After Effects first. Premiere Pro is also the editing tool that is best integrated with After Effects.