The winner of the «Best Direction Award» at The Gathering 2013, Anders Øvergaard, will soon be going to America to se how Norwegian director Harald Zwart works. In the mean time, he shares some of his movie making history with us.
Since easter, Øvergaard has taken what he describes as an early vacation. However, it's a bit hard to believe him. Since The Gathering, he has won an Amanda prize for the best kids and youth movie with «Til siste hinder» and he has travelled Lofoten and held lectures about video production for teenagers, while at the same time planning a documentary from the same journey.
The Gathering recently met Øvergaard i Copenhagen. At the time he had just finished and delivered his entry for this year's Videomarathon-competition. The twist with the competition is that there's only 48 hours to make a short film with the theme "Straff", Danish and Norwegian for "Punishment".
– I think it's fun to work with time constraints like this because it forces you to be incredibly creative, says Øvergaard.
– We've tried to think out of the box. In stead of considering punishment something negative, we've asked ourselves if punishment could be positive.
– That one punishes someone to get attention, he exemplifies.
– I've also worked a lot with low budgets and when you work with low budgets you can take a few extra leaps of faith, it's not like you waste millions if you fail. Thus you dare to try more, he adds.
A silhouette example
The example Anders Øvergaard keeps on using is the short «A silhouette story», with which he won the «Best Direction Award».
– It's not sure that I would have made it like that if I had a lot to loose, he tells us.
– Also, I've played a lot of video games and I believe that has helped me as well, by making me think faster… I've even read that some scientists have come to that conclusion.
«That prize is genius!»
Øvergaard himself was, however, not aware of the creative focus at The Gathering, until a friend tipped him about the movie making competition.
– I did not know a lot about The Gathering and believed it to be all about gaming, he tells us.
– But I have a friend who have been to TG and develops games, it was he whom emailed and notified me of the competition.
– Then, when I saw what the prize was, I did not tell anyone… Because I thought to my self «I really want to win, that prize is genious», he says enthusiastically.
Winning changed his mind.
– But afterwards, I've asked a lot of people why they did not attend the competition, admits Øvergaard chuckling.
– So, will you be going back next year?
– I have to see where I am and what I'm doing, but I would like to go back.
– Among other reasons to follow my friend who develops games.
– And not at least; the feeling of The Gathering is fantastic.
Øvergaard mentions, not surprising, the Arne shout as something that defines the TG experience.
– When you hear so many people shout it, that's when you realize just how many people there are there… It isn't easy to see, but when that roar comes, it sounds like to armies going to war.
Besides being a skilled movie maker, Øvergaard also makes his own camera gear.
– I've made different kinds of camera gear, that I've sold.
– Among the gear I've made is a hand held steady cam. It's among the first things i made and it works just as well as the ones with a west, so long as your gear isn't all to heavy, he claims.
No problems for Øvergaard then, he uses a Canon dSLR to capture his movies.
The last creation, a shoulder camera rest shows just how far he has come since the first edition. The shoulder rest simply looks professional.
Besides making camera gear, directing and filming, Øvergaard also makes music and sound effects and for the Amanda winning «Til siste hinder» He even made the poster.
Currently writing Norwegian Sci-Fi
– On top of that, I'm writing a script. But it's s much going on right now that it's hard to for me to write and I can't write when I'm stressed, I need to be able to take the time I need, he explains.
Øvergaard reveals that what he is writing is sci-fi that can be made in Norway. The Gathering's correspondents were told some details, but can not say anything at this time but that we are looking forward to see what Øvergaard makes of this.
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