Making Of: Trail Running Short Film

It was a dark and stormy night, when I looked at the messy pile on our living room floor and understood that we’ll never be able to take tidy “These are my packings, all folded and in a forthright pile” –pictures.

Because we never pack tidily. It’s more like twenty minutes intense hurricane that removes the stuff from closets to our van.

But. One must pack a bunch of clothes in order to spend a night in a van in October in the northernmost corner of Europe, at a foot of a fell. It was a kind of season opening, as I had to take my winter jackets. We're about to shoot a short film, and I had a clue that it'll be freezing experience, even though it's not even winter yet.

Finally, the favourite guy came home and we’re ready to leave. It was already 9.30 pm, and the trip to our destination would last approximately three hours. We needed to go there because we wanted to have early start the following morning.

The beginning was promising: we experienced maybe the most aggressive northern lights we've seen. I didn’t even understand that they’re auroras, I thought that someone has put floodlights to the forest. The lights started to dance, and it was some fast beat disco.

M A G I C A L.  

We're on this mission three weeks ago. Actually, we still have the same mission as we haven’t completed the editing yet, but back then we'd planned to go and shoot a short film on the top of a fell.

We had found some old pieces of news about Finnish Meteorological Institute’s lab on top of Sammaltunturi near Pallas, Muonio. The article said there’s a super modern and international laboratory that collects and measures the air around there. Two bottles of air are sent every week to Washington and another sample in a bag to London. There the air is compared with other air samples around the world. The measuring has been going on for two decades. What do they know: the amount of traditional pollutants from heavy industry, such as heavy metals, have decreased. However, the amount of greenhouse gas is increasing, and you can detect the evidence from Sammaltunturi’s samples.

We made some phone calls and got an access to the place.

It was dark when we woke up the following morning at 5.30 am. Van had been surprisingly warm. We took word “breakfast” literally, sipped some coffee and started climbing to the top. Another magical moment came, when sun started to rise painting everything orange. I almost got emotional, so beautiful it was. 

I had three jackets and multiple pants, but I nevertheless lost the battle to the wind at the very beginning. My face felt like someone is throwing a billion molecyle-sized knifes onto it. The day is now remembered as the coldest day in my life.

A few hours later we met Valtteri, a biologist from Metsähallitus, who takes care of the laboratory. He showed us the place from inside and told about the ongoing thigs. Very complicated terms for two arts student, but we did learn something – and I saw the biggest vacuum ever. Unlike in our apartment, this vacuum only sucks air.

Next our two person’s production company changed location to a forest near Hotel Pallastunturi, where we shot the beginning for the movie.

After hours of repetitions and giggling, it was time to head back to home, order some pizza, and enjoy isolation and electricity.

P.S. We’ll send the film to a short movie competition held by Finnish trail running organisation. Below you see some screenshot of what's coming. The premiere will be soon. Stay tuned.

Suom: Kemiläisenä olen tottunut saatanalliseen tuleen. Silti vasta Sammaltunturin päällä ymmärsin, miltä tuntuu olla tuulen pieksämä. Ei tarvittu Hulkkosen Railia paikalle maskeeraamaan punaisia poskia.