Civil Engineer, Thomas Berge, is a hobbyist filmmaker from just outside of Stavanger, Norway. He has carefully edited together a ridiculously gorgeous combination of timelapses and hyperlapses of the west coast over the last three years that will have you calling your travel agent to book a flight out his way. It’s a five minute feast for your eyes that you don’t want to miss.
Berge acquired his first DSLR camera in 2011 – a Canon 600D – that he wanted to make timelapses with. “I had made some tilt-shift and timelapse films with my GoPro camera previously but was eager to get some higher quality images to work with.” Thomas is married and has four children which after working a full time job leaves little time for him to have hobbies, so he stuck close to home for his first attempt as he explains, “the footage in the film is mostly from locations around where I live, and then I also visited some key locations that I wanted to include (Windmills, Stavanger locations, etc.). Most of the footage was also captured in the evenings as I`ve usually been out once the kids were asleep. Luckily the sun is up until 10:30 PM during the summer here, so there have still been a lot of possibilities to get some nice scenes.”
Berge has a background in film editing since 2004 so he approached the film with the music in mind first. Once he had permission from Foreground Set to use the track Go With the Wind, he began planning his scenes based around that music. "That`s also the reason why I focused on having some hyperlapses in the film, as I think they fit nicely with the build-up in the music," he said.
Thomas is saving for a full-frame camera for his next project, "one of the shortcomings I`ve experienced with my APS-C camera is the upper limit for exposure time during night shots. As the full frame cameras have a bigger buffer before they experience start trails, they are more suited for my next project where I want to include mountains and Milky Way shots."