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"Norway" Cast & Credits

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Created by: Paul Gerber, gerberfilm.com & Thomas Hauerslev Date: 15.09.2012
Mr. Paul Gerber (USA), Mr. Hans Kristian Bukholm (Norway), Mr. Morten Skallerud (Norway) and Mr. Thomas Hauerslev (Denmark). Image by Thomas Hauerslev, Bradford 1998.

Original title:
Norway. Working (tentative) title: Norway. Filmed in: 65mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal cinematography filmed in: Super Panavision 70. Presentation format: 70mm and 6-track stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USA. Year of production: 1986 - 1988. Released by: Walt Disney. World Premiere cinema: EPCOT Center (Florida, USA), Norway Pavilion, May 6, 1988.

Producer: Paul Gerber. Director: Paul Gerber. Screenplay: Paul Gerber. Directors of photography: Tom Elling, Harald Paalgard, Morten Skallerud, Kjell Vassdal. Camera Assistants: Lars Johansson & Kaare Storemyr. Film editor: Terry Thier. Cutting house: Rye Films (LA). Music: Michel Colombier. Sound design and sound mix: Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers. Costumes: Viking costumes by NRK. Narrator: Erik By. Production company: Walt Disney. Executive producer: Randy Bright. Line producer: Anders Enger. Associate Producer: Brit Kittilsen. Production Assistant: Roy Anderson. Concept and scenario: Paul Gerber. Original treatment: Paul Gerber. Aerial mount: Gyrosphere. Helicopter pilot: Marc Wolf. Aerial coordinator: Marc Wolff. Helicopter Pilot: Marc Wolff. Aerial technician: Howard Preston and Steven North. Aerial Assistant: Jeffery Mulligan. Aerial Operators: Peter Allwork and Michael Kelem. Music conductor: Michel Colombier.
More in 70mm reading:

"Symbiosis" Cast & Credits

Motion pictures photographed in Super Panavision 70 & Panavision System 65

Internet link:

The Disney Blog.

EPCOT Norway Pavilion

Mixed at: Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch. Filmstock: Eastman Kodak 65mm. Shooting ratio: 10:1. 65mm negative developing & processing: MGM. Color timer: Nora Carpenter, MGM Laboratories Inc. Color by: DeLuxe. 70mm prints by: Original prints by DeLuxe. New prints by Technicolor. Number of 35mm prints: None. Recorded in: Dolby Stereo SR. Running Time (70mm): 4:52. (4 minutes & 52 seconds)
Synopsis: A 4 year-old boy stands in awe of a 1,000 year-old Viking boat in a small Norwegian museum and finds within its silent grace an impressionistic sweep of picture and music revealing the rich spirit of Norway and its people.

Various notes about the film

• 2 hand held Panavision 65mm were used during filming.

• The musical score was recorded in Michel Colombier’s home. Official mix was non-Dolby. Director’s 70mm print is Dolby Stereo SR.

• Morten Skallerud photographed a shot of the sun’s movement through a tower and across a floor. It was shot in 35mm and blown up to 70mm, because the 70mm equipment couldn’t do time lapse.

• Norway is not a stand-alone film. There is an “adventure” ride in the pavilion that is intended to pose the question, “What is the spirit of Norway?” That ride leads to the film, which is intended to answer the question.

• The film is only 5 minutes long, but it took 2 years – almost to the very day – from the first meeting at Disney to its final, final release print.

• My youngest son was born during a 5-day baby-has-to-be-born break in pre-production and he joined us on location 3 months later!

• I have often said that everything that could possibly go wrong on a film – camera problems, helicopter problems, crew problems, weather problems, lab problems, casting problems, love problems – went wrong on Norway, but I have also always said that I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was a true adventure. (You should see the amazing arctic footage that has never seen the light of day!)

• The best chimichangas I have ever eaten were eaten in a small Mexican restaurant in Oslo. Mmmm mmmm mmmm!

Festival Screenings

”Norway” was shown at the

Todd-AO Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2012

Widescreen Weekend in Bradford, England in 1998.

From www.wdisneyw.co.uk (now closed)

"Norway-The Film" was written, produced and directed by Paul Gerber, a filmmaker with two Epcot films -- "Symbiosis" (formerly at The Land) and "The Seas" (in The Living Seas) -- to his credit. The clarity and grandeur of the large-scale images in "Norway-The Film" are due to the fact that the film was shot in 70mm, with the same Panavision camera used for "Lawrence of Arabia."

The film plays itself out dramatically as Norway's history and spirit are revealed to a four-year-old boy when he is confronted with an icon from his Viking heritage.

Among the featured images in "Norway-The Film" are Sognefjord, the largest of Norway's many such natural wonders; Oseberg bat, the 1000-year-old Viking ship unearthed in Oseberg, Norway, now on display in Oslo's Viking Museum; a Norwegian rowing club, whose members enacted the moments of Vikings setting off to sea from Norway's west coast; a fiery nighttime view of Statoil's majestic Statfjord B oil rig, silhouetted against 45-foot-tall waves in Norway's tumultuous North Sea offshore oil field; Skudeneshavn, a small fishing village on the southwest coast of Norway; and the Holmenkollen ski resort, where a 19-year-old skier's soaring jump from one of the highest jumps in Northern Europe will leave guests breathless at the daunting spirit of these strong and adventurous people.

Also recorded is Norway's national holiday celebration of May 17, when Norwegians flood the streets of their towns and cities to pay tribute to their constitution. "Norway-The Film" captures this moment, where, as it has been done for centuries, a colorful parade marches up Karl Johansgate, Oslo's main thoroughfare.

The film culminates in a montage of scenes capturing the spirit of the people of Norway at work and at play. Scenes include a young couple sailing off Norway's beautiful west coast near the town of Alesund, a lineman hanging precariously on a high-tension wire over Sognefjord and, pictured within a soaring 18th century studio, young Oslo ballerinas in training.
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