Interview with Filmmaker Peter Svensson

Monday, 14 September 09

FD Team: Peter how are you this days? Happy, because itʼs almost done or tired because you edit day and night?
Peter: Well, actually as I am writing this, I am exporting the final movie! And I cant believe that we are done. Its been the only single thing I have done for 5 months straight, every awaken minute, normally 16-17 hours aday the last 2 months. It actually crazy to think about it. Today Andre leaves Gothenburg to go back to Hamburg with the Master DVD, and it goes straight in to production. That means my job is over!:)

FD Team: How actually you started with Editing Windsurfing Movies?
Peter: I bought a camera at university to film our student parties. After some beers you forget the camera, and it was not used at all. Then I brought it to Jericoacoara on a windsurf holiday back in 2005. Then I realized I was better to film windsurfing, then to pull the moves myself. I messed around with the clips on my computer and put some Beastie Boys songs behind it, and hey… this is fun. And thatʼs basically the way.

FD Team: You new Project – the Four Dimensions Movie – how came to this idea?
Peter: After my latest movie “life” I thought to take time off from windsurfing films for a while. Then Andre asked if I was interested to fly double helicopters filming the best guys. I thought; well, this is probably the time to do it for real, once and for all. The project grew and we where planning new trips in the middle of the shootings, and the first 3 months we didnʼt know where we was going the next week. This is just 1,5 months ago, and now the movie is done :=)

FD Team: Besides new angles and sickest action we might find some new editing techniques inside the movie? How much time you spend to learn this techniques?
Peter: Yes. I thought that there was time to try some effects I have been working on for a while now. They have been used before by other editors, and I was amazed by them. I spent some late nights behind After Effects, trying to figure them out. Lots of trial and error, but in the end I think we started to get them right. I think there will be some pretty cool moments in the final movie, and I hope it brings another dimension to our film.

FD Team: You have done now 5 Windsurfing movies in a little more then 2 years. How you find your motivation to keep being creative?
Peter: Iʼve been doing nothing but windsurf movies straight for 30 months now. But the movies have been very different in terms of goal and customers, and I do feel a need to keep moving. If I would get stucked doing the same movie over and over, then I will stop. But as Four Dimensions went so big and we had a thight deadline, Sebastian Dörr has been a co-editor throughout the editing, and the motivation and ideas defiantly increase with two editors.

FD Team: Will you be the most nervous person, once the movie starts to play inside the cinema on Sylt?
Peter: Yes, I would like to hold hands with someone down there. Or Iʼll sit on the toilet throughout the show. To be honest, I am very proud of the final movie, and I think I will be able to enjoy the premiere.

FD Team: Tell us the best moment of the whole production process?
Peter: When me and Andre took off in 2 helicopters one afternoon filming Victor and Marcilio jumping at Camp one, Maui. The two best jumpers (not thinking of Köster for a while…) and two helicopters, all up in the air at the same time. Best hour by far.

FD Team: Any Final words?
Peter: Hmm. Yes, clean your ears. The Four Dimensionsʼ soundtrack will rock.

FD Team

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  1. yourick says: September 14th, 2009, 11:19

    all the best for this work ! to me you bring some fresh air in the windsurf world, and that’s good news ! I was lately astonished by the epic editing of andy gordon… I imagine you were also… having watched your trailer, you follow the same path and that’s a great thing for windsurfing ! congratulations and all the best !

  2. Eric says: September 14th, 2009, 13:38

    Grymt Peter!!