Ian Isak and Jonas Blond direct ‘Go Where You Feel Most Alive’ for Unridden.
Exploring the raw and unpredictable nature that surrounds us as a means to finding genuine happiness within ourselves.
Words from the Ian Isak below:
Ian, it’s a wild ride. What was it like as a filmmaker chasing those shots? Can you tell us about your approach?
What was the most challenging aspect of making the film? Is there anything that helped overcome it?
IAN: Actually finding the right narrator was the hardest part of this film. I had a quite clear idea of which direction the voiceover should go and wanted a wise, knowledgeable and experienced character. A man who had lived an extraordinary life in the Northern cold. I wanted him to tell his story, unscripted, and then adapt it to the film. The idea of a fisherman came up while writing the treatment, but I had no idea how difficult it would be to find this person. There are plenty of fishermen on The Faroe Islands, but the locals kept telling us that getting them to talk is apparently near impossible. They were right! Eventually, we found our guy and he turned out to be everything I dreamt of – despite he, as well, was a man of few words.
There are plenty of fishermen on The Faroe Islands, but the locals kept telling us that getting them to talk is apparently near impossible.
Can you share an insight into the process of finding the film in the edit?
IAN: I wanted the film to be energetic and powerful like the adrenaline rush you get from catching a wave or jumping from a cliff. But I also wanted the contrast. I knew that the combination between the hectic and harsh exterior and the calm and claustrophobic interior shots was interesting, but to be honest, I didn’t figure out how to combine the two before editing. We shot for eight days and had a ton of footage and this film could have been stitched together in so many ways.
We took our time and tried out different takes on the film, killing some precious darlings along the way. You can easily say that we re-wrote the film during this process and I have to give credit to Anders Jon, my editor, for constantly challenging me and feeding me new ideas.
What are you reading at the moment?
IAN: I just finished ‘A Million Little Pieces’ by James Frey.