The Orienteering Adventure

Posted in Through the Lens by Matt Ward on Sat 28 Feb '09

© www.finnvangelderen.com

A beautiful portrayal of orienteering in Wicklow, Ireland. The short film, shot by Finn van Gelderen, David Healy and Ondrej Pijak for a Dublin film festival, gives insight into the stillness and purity of orienteering, with superb cinematography. Watch here.

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Finn picks up the story on Nopesport

The Orienteering Adventure came about because David Healy asked me to give him a hand making a film for the wee adventure film festival that is held in Dublin. It was shot in one cold day in December 2007. Tips I would give to aspiring o-film makers is the following: Use a tripod, tell a story, make it engaging for an audience that is not only orienteers, but people who want to learn about the sport.

We shot on mini-dv with a decent camera and cut with final cut pro. The editing process took a long time. The animation was done by a very talented flash animator by the name of Loredana Fioretti to mine and Davids specification. We chose caricatures of the runners to make the animated version of what is essentially route gadget interesting. We shot in 16:9 as opposed to 4:3 as that is the television standard. David composed a score which happened after the film was cut, he even played instruments in sync with the picture that I recorded in a hired studio. We pulled a lot of favors and the film was properly mixed and sound edited. The film had the production parameters and methods of a drama and was very much worked out in advance….

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  1. Finn van Gelderen Feb 28, 11:23 AM

    Thanks for this, but I’m dutch and I was born and raised in Ireland. Irish film about Irish orienteers! With a Slovakian…

  2. MST - matt Feb 28, 02:02 PM

    Finn, amended, please accept my sincere apologies! It was quite late last night when I loaded that one and I don’t know how I came up with the Finnish angle?!

    Looking forward to more of the same…

    Thanks

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