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A short documentary portrait on Northern Europe’s highest lying mountain village.
Emilie M. Norenberg
2 Team Members

The Documentary

Far up in the Norwegian mountains lies Skåbu – Northern Europe’s highest lying village, where 600 inhabitants live their everyday lives surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful nature.

With only a petrol station and a grocery store in close proximity, what do people do with their time? And why have they chosen to live in a place so remote and isolated from the rest of the civilisation?

Even with short Nordic days and icy temperatures, life is lived thoroughly and properly here; wood chopped for fire, deer hunted for dinner and wool knitted for warmth. We aim to capture this sedate and organic way of life through the wonderfully warm, analogue format of super 16mm.

Peaking into the lives of the individuals that call these mountains their home, following their adventures into the boreal forests, their communal activities and their isolated everyday lives, we attempt to discover if a life in a distant village is a happy one.

                                         (photograph by Sirus f Gahan)

The Crew

Hei hei! I’m Emilie Norenberg, director and producer of the film. I’m a Norwegian film student currently in my final year at AUB where I specialise in both producing and documentary directing. Having recently returned from a 6-week film shoot in China, I am simply stoked to soon be able to breath in the fresh mountain air that Skåbu has to offer. It’s a place that I’m incredibly attached to, as I’ve spent every winter there since I was a kid, and with a wonderful crew and some equally wonderful contributors I aim to give the audience an insight into a very different way of life.

I'm Sirus f Gahan, the director of photography for this project. I'm a 3rd year cinematography student at AUB and spend my time making personal visual and experimental projects, often involving the medium of film. I recently directed photography for a fiction film based on a story written by myself, that I was able to travel to Beijing to shoot in it's entirety. To me, this film is about showing the slow action of a tiny mountain town like Skåbu, and portraying a sense of nostalgia from times past, through our central, native characters. It's important that we are given a sense of perspective on the town by framing it amongst the nest of mountains it sits atop. I'm very interested in the texture a piece can be given through the format used to capture it. Celluloid lends images an inherent sense of depth as well as a tangibility necessary to truthfully depict the secluded town.

I'm Olly Gale, sound recordists and editor for A Place Good Enough. I've had a large amount of experience on several films, both fiction and documentary during my time at AUB, and will on this shoot be the head of department of sound. This means being in charge of recording the acoustic environment of Skåbu. I will be paying close attention to the sonic details of the space and aim to create a sense of place for the audience to experience. 

I'm Jesse Nash and I'll be editing this project. During my time at AUB I've gained a lot of experience with editing both fiction and documentaries, and while the rest of the crew is going to Norway, I'll be back in Bournemouth "holding the fort". My job will be to piece the film together in a way that pulls the audience into the little bubble that is Skåbu, and I'm really excited to start.

Where Will The Money Go?

As beautiful of an image that super 16 mm creates, good gosh the stuff sure is expensive. To get the unique high quality image celluloid brings, we need to pay for a fair few rolls of it, as well as the development and high definition transfer to digital for editing.

Contributions will help us pay for our travel as we need to transport all of our camera and sound equipment up to, and around the mountains. As you may be able to see from some of the promo video from our test trip, there are some interesting anomalies in the footage, with blurred, wavy images and shaky movements. Well this is due to our very old camera breaking down regularly in the chilly temperatures, and the plastic on our tripod legs snapping in the freeze of the deep snow. To ensure we are successful on our next trip, we will need to rent maintained and reliable camera kit in Norway, to ensure the smoothest and most brilliant images can be obtained with no mechanical failure.

This is our passion, so of course we’re paying for as much of it as we can out of our own pockets, but without the support of contributors we just wouldn’t be able to afford to make this film. We’ve set out what we think are some lovely perks for anybody willing to contribute, and we’ve tried to keep them as handmade and personal as possible, in spirit of the physical nature of the project. 

With help from our contributors we can bring to fruition the audio visual observation of this town that we've been dreaming of, and developing a film about for the past year. By giving to the project you become part of a unique, new short documentary film.

                                        (photograph by Sirus f Gahan)

You Can Help Us Without Donating

You can still help us out by sharing our page or even our promo video around, and maybe some friends of yours, or friends of theirs, will be interested in the project and throw a little our way.

So share away, it's free!


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  • £2GBP
    Eldbjørgshaugen (952m ↑ SL)

    Takk venner. We'll give you a shout out on the film's official facebook page, and we'll owe you 3 hugs.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • £5GBP
    Skardfjell (1158m ↑ Sea Level)

    Tusen takk! A big shout out on the official facebook page as well as exclusive access to behind the scenes photographs will be coming your way.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • £10GBP
    Storhøpiggen (1430m ↑ SL)

    Så snill du er. Thank you on facebook, access to glorious mountain photographs and a digital copy of the film's official poster.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • £25GBP
    Seterkampen (1445m ↑ SL)

    Tusen tusen takk! You my friend will be getting all of the above, plus a postcard from the crew in the mountains as well as a digital download of the finished film. Lucky!

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • £50GBP
    Ruten (1513m ↑ SL)

    Tusen hjertelig takk! A signed 35mm photograph taken by the production team, a special thanks credit in the film, an individual thank you video from the crew as well everything you see above.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • £100GBP
    Saukampen (1659m ↑ SLl)

    For helping us out so so much with our production we'll be sending you an individual row of 16mm frames from the processed negative used to make the documentary. You'll also receieve a small photo book of our mountain adventure, printed on to sustainable heavyweight matte paper, and of course all the above perks!

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • £200GBP
    Skaget (1685m ↑ SL)

    There's really not much we can do to thank you enough for this kind of help, but, we'll try with the gift of the Documentary on DVD and an invitation to the private premiere screening of the film at The British Film Institute in July. With this comes the chance to talk with the crew and director and find out how cold we got. All above perks included too.

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • £300GBP
    Heidalsmuen (1745m ↑ SL)

    Well, you've done it. You made it. You're an Executive Producer on a new, exciting and unique documentary film project. You'll be credited accordingly and will of course be sitting with the crew at the premiere at The British Film Institute in London. You also get a package with everything else too. You rule.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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