Norway: Nature Vs Architecture

oslo_ski_jumpIn my previous post about the Oslo Opera House I was so impressed with Oslo and Norway in generals architecture that I failed to even mention the stunning nature that surrounds it. I love how brave and self assured their buildings are sat among stunning back drops. In the UK we often see strong architecture among nature as an eye sore, but here they seem to embrace it if not encourage it. I loved taking walks in Oslo with their gorgeous parks and then also out into the coniferous forests that epitomize to me Scandinavian landscapes. The way they put new and old together so well sums up their way of seemingly doing everything to a high standard. This old wooden church, where a wedding was taking place, was over the road from this glass and stone ski jump. Both sticking out of the trees around them and complimenting each others shapes. I could never see this sort of harsh design being allowed in the UK without an outcry.


I however love me some contrasting architecture and Brutalism in particular. When discussing Scandinavian architecture with our host in Oslo he was shocked to hear we liked this style. He considers it boring and insists that most Norwegians feel the same way. It may have been my imported Bushmills Whiskey convincing him, but into the small hours of the morning I managed to change his mind on this. I think it gets a harsh time, but a quick look at WoWhaus’s collection of amazing brutalist houses and its hard not to fall in love. norway_path_forestoslo_bridgeoslo ski jump norway

How to make a short film that gets into festivals in 60 minutes and for free

I am a big fan of the quick production. Not that there is a problem with the Mallickesque pre-production style across a few decades. The Tree of Life took time, but boy was it worth it.

However I have found focusing my creativity quickly can bring great results. One of my most popular short films (Screened across the UK and Europe) to date was made within 60 minutes, Nuclear Mysticism.

  1. 0 minutes on pre-production
  2. 30 minutes of script-less filming
  3. 2 minutes of a one take V/O
  4. 20 minutes of editing
  5. 3 minutes finding the wonderful copyright free “Dali” font for the title.
  6. 5 minutes to grade
  7. 60 minutes total

This short film went to on to be nominated for a variety of festivals across the UK and Europe. Receiving thousands of views and even got me paid work.

Top three tips for submitting to film festivals




After successfully getting a few short films into festivals across the world I thought I would give a quick top three of things to think about when submitting.

1) Budget for submissions
With fees of £15 to £30 for entry, DVDs and postage costs it quickly adds up. Prepare for this in your budget and take into account the cheap early bird fees compared to late deadlines.

It is a total bore but being organised and planning ahead can save you a lot of money and give your film its best chance of selection. I finished up Dragoon in September and meant I could get a lot of the early bird submission deadlines for festivals I really wanted to get into. This is also something that helps when Festivals will only accept if it is a premiere at their festival.


This site will save you a fortune. A wonderful resource to enable you to get your film out to the world for free. Most of the films listed are online submissions too so not even postal costs.



A Little added bonus. Check out  to make your own Film Festival Laurel Leaves.