Report from the caves of Malmö

As a filmmaker I love light and open spaces. Also hanging out with friends and interesting people. In the process of shooting a documentary like BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* I travelled the world. We have shot in Malmö and Stockholm, Sweden. In Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco and New York City. Toronto, Ontario and St John, Newfoundland in Canada. Berlin, Germany and Reykjavik, Iceland. London, UK. So imagine me looking for the best shots, possible locations, the perfect b-roll and always the tastiest coffee. I confess, only really good coffee is good enough for me. (I found out that if you look for the best coffee you also find the coolest hangouts. They come in pairs.)

But after all hard work of bringing home material to the edit I am forced to stay home. Quite a challenge for a restless guy like me...

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Editor Benjamin Binderup listening to Alexander Thörnqvist's sound work.

We have an edit suite at our office, so I've spent like five months in total with the excellent film editors, Jesper Osmund, Niels Pagh Andersen and Benjamin Binderup. All three danes that commute with train over the Öresundsbridge, Copenhagen, Denmark to Malmö, Sweden.

A month ago we picture-locked the film. That's a tough moment. Weeks and months I've had all the possible edit options running around my brain. Day and night. Suddenly it's over. Now it's cave time. The filmed material goes on to two caves, one direction is to the excellent sound designer Alexander Thörnqvist, the other is to the online editor Johan Eklund and our Australian color grading artist Michael Cavanagh. They all love darkness and live their lives in caves. I don't get it, but it's nice to visit them and see how their skills make my film look and sound so much better. Starting to long for my World Premiere at IDFA, Tuschinsky cinema, Amsterdam.

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@wgfilm retweeted @bananasmovie 2011-11-10 09:51:46 +0100
Another exclusive from Fredrik, who's currently on an expedition into Malmö's hidden caves. Read the BIG BOYS BLOG: http://t.co/sXIpFUGh
published this page in THE BLOG 2011-11-08 18:20:00 +0100
The true story about a Swedish filmmaker and a banana corporation. Dirty tricks, lawsuits, manipulation, and the price of free speech.

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