1917. A dark night atop a mountain peak - site of
the world’s first Northern Lights Observatory.
A boy and his
grandmother play outdoors beneath the stars.
The Northern Lights
appear, and scientists photograph them using a specially-built camera,
liaising by telephone with another photographer many kilometres
"Northern Lights over Mount Halde" is
7 1/2 minutes long - in stereoscopic 3D.
Most of the film is
presented in 3-dimensional silhouette against the night sky.
Some Northern Lights scenes are also filmed in 3D,
using two cameras some kilometres apart.
Here we can see shapes and figures of the Aurora in a way that is
impossible with our normal eye distance...
Festival premiere at Films from the North - TIFF, Tromsø,
17-19 January 2014 -
"Northern Lights over
Mount Halde" is based on real events, persons and places in
the history of Norwegian
Northern Lights research. Much of
the film is shot on location at the Halde mountain, where the remains
of the world's first
permanent Northern Lights Observatory are
still to be seen today. At the most, 17 people used to live there,
7 of them were children. Today, the Halde mountain and Observatory
is a popular aim for hikers.
One of the central roles in
the film is played by the Norwegian actress Marianne Krogness.
She is the actual granddaughter of the observatory manager and chief
scientist Ole Andreas Krogness,
who lived at Halde between 1912
and 1918 together with his wife Dagny and their two children.
Marianne plays the role as her own great grandmother!
Grandmother Christiane: Marianne Krogness
Child OA: Sigurd Herlofsen
Ole Krogness: Ivar E. Lykke
assistant Lukkassen: Frank Jørstad
Telegraphist: Bente S. Andersen
mother Dagny: Karoline Gregersen Herlofsen
Pregnant woman: Kristin Nicolaysen.
Directing, camera, manuscript: Morten Skallerud
Music and sound design: Øistein Boassen
Production manager: Bård Grape
Stereographer: Kommer Kleijn
designs: Endre Skandfer, Fabelfjord
VFX post production: Stripe
online, DCP: Shortcut
Sound post production:
Film Institute - short film consultant Kalle Løchen
for Lyd og Bilde
Alta Museum's web page about the Halde observatory
and Northern Lights research (in Norwegian)
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