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  • The King’s Choice opens in the US this weekend

    September 24, 2017

    With the notable help of John Christian Rosenlund’s nuanced cinematography and Peter Bavman’s meticulous production design, Poppe has fashioned one of the most handsomely realized and viscerally compelling of recent period dramas. It’s no wonder the movie swept Norway’s film awards and was its nominee for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar. Movie Review

  • Kanonprisen 2016 to John Christian Rosenlund FNF

    March 19, 2017

    The Norwegian Film society’s price for best cinematography 2016 – for The Kings Choice. The Oscar shortlisted feature film The Kings Choice also received Kaonoprisen for best actor, best movie, best producer and best screenplay. (www.kosmorama.no)

  • Honorary Member FNF 2017

    March 19, 2017

    Æresmedlem / Honorary Member, The Norwegian Society of Cinematographers 2017. I am honored and humble, receiving this distinction from great Cinematographer colleagues in Norway.

  • The King`s Choice – shortlisted for Oscar !

    December 16, 2016

    Take into consideration there are more than 15000 films in the world to choose from, this is a great Christmas present.  Nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on January 24, and the trophy ceremony is set for February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/oscars-2017-foreign-language-race-1201943744/

  • Norway’s Oscar Entry: The King’s Choice. AWARDSLINE SCREENING in LA.

    November 29, 2016

    The official Norwegian Foreign-Language submission for the 2016 Academy​ ​Awards and Golden Globes, The King’s Choice is based on actual events that took place​ ​over three dramatic days in April 1940. Directed by Erik Poppe (1,000 Times Good Night), the​ ​film is a meticulously researched account of the human drama behind of one of the most​ ​significant ...

  • NRK and FNF testing 9 LED lights in CRI and TLCI values.

    August 30, 2016

    25 Cinematographers, Gaffers, DIT and light measure Engineers where gathered at Storyline Camera Rental House in Oslo, Norway to test 9 different LED light vendors.  We measured direct light (as the eye see the light) and reflected light (as the camera see the light) in both CRI and TLCI values. The various LED lights was tested against Tungsten, candles, HMI ...

  • The Wave, winner of Best film award in Haugesund at the Amanda show.

    August 27, 2016

    The prize for best feature went to “The Wave” from Norwegian director Roar Uthaug. The film sold 832,649 admissions in Norway and became 2015’s the No. 1 film in the country. Foto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix                    

  • Behind the scenes on the Ash Lad Set in Prague

    May 29, 2016

    – just finished lighting at stage 7. Great fun to give light to production Designer Kalli´s amazing decorations at the historical Barrandov Studios in Prague. I am humble to have the possibility to work with great crew and nice tools on “The Ash Lad”, an exciting adventure / fairytale story.

  • Shooting The Ash Lad /Askeladden with a revolutionary new light

    April 30, 2016

    It is a real joy to work on The Ash Lad, a fairytale feature film directed by Mikkel Sandemose.  Unfortunately,  I can not show you real pictures from the Alexa camera (..it will come later, closer to the premiere). When you have a 10 meter tall Troll as one of the main characters, it is fun to play with ...

  • the very first “The Kings Choice” teaser – premiere September 2016

    April 8, 2016

  • The Ash Lad, my fairytale jurney until Midsummer

    March 16, 2016

    I am now In PreProduction for some major beautiful in camera and VFX challenges. Great story, great crew, amazing location and studio decorations.   

  • Narcissism on YouTube… Panasonic Varicam in 5000 Iso

    November 16, 2015

    My experience with the new Varicam on “The Kings Choice” in very low light.

  • The Heavy Water War – The Saboteurs, winner of Prix Italia

    September 29, 2015

    – from the Jury:   “A thriller with superb acting, a high-quality production. Great cinematography, outstanding acting, excellent directing.”

  • The Wave/Bølgen, Norway’s candidate for the Oscars

    September 15, 2015

    (…) It was about time Scandinavia made its first disaster movie, and the Norwegian tsunami thriller The Wave (Bølgen) makes up for the long wait(…) Hollywood Reporter  9/12/2015 by Deborah Young – behind the scene (Norwegian language  – international visuals :-)

  • Nordic show sets new bar for war dramas

    August 10, 2015

    By Amy West http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/saboteurs-blu-ray-review-nordic-show-sets-new-bar-war-dramas-1511842 August 10, 2015 14:10 BST Espen Klouman Høiner brings Norwegian scientist and military organiser Leif Tronstad to life, whilst Anna Friel stars as straight-talking Captain, Julie Smith (Arrow Films) You may not have seen The Saboteurs when it aired on More 4 over the last couple of months, after all it did only span six weeks so ...

  • Behind the scenes, “The Kings Choice”

    May 20, 2015

    – one of the most demanding  – and fun – projects I have ever done. Long hand hold camera moves. Many of them, 10 minutes in one go. More like a Dogma project, or like reality TV ? – but still a rather big feature, a war drama from 1940. For interior day scenes, we used ...

  • re-creating “østbanen” train station for “The king´s Choice”

    March 15, 2015

    I am at the moment half way trough the film “Kings Choice”, directed by Erik Poppe. A part of the film takes place when the king and his royal family escape the German soldiers by train from Oslo Central station in 1940. To be able to cover a distance of 60 meter (200 ft.) with more then ...

  • The HEAVY WATER WAR with 64% marketshare

    January 15, 2015

    The TV Show, HEAVY WATER WAR have experience the highest viewer ratings in the Norwegian TV history. More then 1.7 million audience out of a population of 5 mill. have viewed each screening.  This is a 64% marketshare. The show have reviews 5 and 6 (6 star is max rating)  in all the biggest newspapers. The Heavy Water ...

  • Lost in translation. October 25, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater

    December 3, 2014

    1,000 Times Good Night discussion, October 25, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. First translate questions to Norwegian answers, then back to a understandable English language. Did  I understood the question? no – but too late to go back. Really  – really bad.  The result is as y see – slow TV.  I was so lost in translation. Pat Morrison did a ...

  • Best Cinematography, 1001 Grams

    October 18, 2014

    Oct. 17. 2014, 1001 Grams received  the Silver Hugo for Best Cinematography for 1001 Grams at CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ’14

  • mood and light for 1001 Grams

    September 14, 2014

    Jeff Koons New Hoover Convertibles at Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo. This amusing piece of art gave me the first ideas to light and mood for 1001 Grams. Strictly one lighting direction. Simplicity and balance. Bent Hamers new film will have Norway Premiere  September. 26  

  • 1001 Grams has been chosen as Norway’s candidate for the Oscars

    September 3, 2014

    Toronto International film-festival about 1001grams: “It’s possibly Hamer’s most charming piece and boasts that absurd, slyly uncomfortable sense of humour people loved in earlier films like KITCHEN STORIES.       1001 Grams will have world premiere in the MASTER program at the Toronto international film-festival 2014 (thumbnail photo ©A.M.P.A.S.®)1001 GRAMS FOR THE OSCARS “Norwegian director Bent Hamer’s new feature, ...

  • Amanda for best cinematography 2014

    August 19, 2014

    Amanda prisen, the Norwegian “Oscar Award show”  2014: Erik Poppe’s A Thousand Times Good Night received Best Norwegian Film in Theatrical Release. Prize for Best Cinematography,  John Christian Rosenlund fnf.

  • It’s a wrap for “The Wave”

    July 4, 2014

    I have been a great privilege to work with some very talented actors and superb crew. We have been shooting the most amazing set-decorations that we managed to destroy completely (controlled as a part of the story..:-) – with tons of water and wonderful art-direction     The crew has given high the highest standard of filmmaking under very ...

  • September 2014 issue of American Cinematographer magazine

    June 24, 2014

    Here’s an advance look at the September 2014 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which will feature a special focus on international production.  A Thousand Times Good Night (Film Movement)John Christian Rosenlund tackled cinematography duties for director Erik Poppe’s intimate study of a photojournalist (Juliette Binoche) whose career repeatedly takes her away from her family in Ireland to the frontlines of conflicts around the ...

  • Conversations on the craft of filmmaking. (link to the pod-cast behind the picture)

    June 9, 2014

     

  • ..the most scary days are done, shooting Norway´s first disaster movie, “the Wave”

    May 25, 2014

    One of the most beautiful valleys in Norway. One night, a big part of the mountain falls in to the fjord and create an enormous wave – a 70 meter high tsunami . The “wave sequence” in the film “The Wave”, produced by Fantefilm Norway, directed by Roar Uthaug, happens in the hours of  the “Norwegian bluish ...

  • Canon K35 prime lenses for “A thousand Times Good Night”

    March 16, 2014

    One important visual success factor for the feature film “A Thousand Times Good Night” relate to a series of older lenses, the Canon K35. The lens was originally suggested by the Norwegian DP Gaute Gunnari and Krypton Film. He personally gave me some lenses for testing and I fell in love. The K35 was created way ...

  • Winner of The Norwegian Film Critics´association award 2013

    March 14, 2014

    A Thousand Times Good Night, directed by my long time friend Erik Poppe, have been one of my most demanding and amazing stories transferred to the big screen. A few days ago, we both received an award from the The Norwegian Film Critics´association. This is the first time in their 64 year history they give a price ...

  • the most excellent crew and cast !

    February 18, 2014

    I feel very grateful.  The Heavy Water War project have been one of my best film experience. Why ? I arrive on the set five o clock in the morning, get my first coffe from the always smiling craft-service, fighting the wind with my excellent grip and light crew,  leaving the set 12 hours later,  minus ...

  • 100.000 watt gives “moon” the entire Gaustatoppen-valley

    February 4, 2014

    Last night we did our first real night scenes in the mountains – for the “heavy water war”. The weather was definitely on our side. This night  was our first night with clear sky for a very long time… The  100.000 watt “moon” was more then 1000 meter away from the camera. Snow or fog would have reduced ...

  • octocopter inside the National Museum of Prague

    January 1, 2014

    how to capture a large room – like this one – in one long camera-movement ? The “heavy Water War” story needed an camera movement that could reveal the grand hall of the National Museum of Prague in the most impressive way, the opening shot of the nobel prize ceremony (stand in for the Nobel Prize in ...

  • Chicago International Filmfestival. The Founder’s Award to A Thousand Times Goodnight

    October 21, 2013

    The 49th Chicago International Film Festival presented A Thousand Times Good Night (Norway) directed by Erik Poppe and featuring actress Juliette Binoche’s most stirring and memorable performance to date with The Founder’s Award. The Founder’s Award is given to that one film across all categories that capture the spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for its unique and innovative approach to the ...

  • stopping the Hitlers Atomic bomb

    September 4, 2013

    The project called ” The heavy water war” have got it´s green-light. The heavy water war is a 6x 45 minute TV drama from the 2.world war about Hitler´s urge to develop the atom bomb – and with this enormous  power – win the war,  It is about the English and American that had to stop ...

  • jury’s Special Grand Prix for A Thousand Times Good Night in Montreal

    September 4, 2013

    The first A Thousand Times Good Night  Review in The Hollywood Reporter 11:25 AM PDT 9/3/2013 by John DeFore / original web: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/a-thousand-times-good-night-619667?fb_action_ids=10151870887615985&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151870887615985%22%3A217998831692450%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151870887615985%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D A standing ovation greeted Montreal’s world premiere of the film, which went on to earn the jury’s Special Grand Prix; Stateside, its arthouse appeal is strong, with Juliette Binoche‘s complex performance deserving particular attention. Juliette Binoche plays a ...

  • The more then 90 second long Director´s Cut is now playing at the Cinemas

    August 7, 2013

    I must admit, I did not expect that the director´s Cut of the Lenovo Commercial would end up in the Cinema.  The more then 90 second long Director´s Cut is now playing at the Cinemas in UK.  Sometimes it is great fun and a privilege to do commercials. This project, a 5 days(nights) shoot in Kiev and ...

  • Shooting at the Eiffel Tower.

    July 6, 2013

    This film have been a wonderful travel from Norway,  Germany and the last weeks in beautiful Paris. The shooting period of  the feature “1001 Grams” by long time friend  Bent Hamer is very soon over . This is our 4th film + 2 short film together. It is a  super pleasure to work for a Director with ...

  • some people buy expensive cars, I have just received my new Arri Zooms :-)

    May 10, 2013

    – very nerdy and probably completely stupid. Let me present my complete flight case :

  • The first screen grabs from 1001 grams

    May 9, 2013

    This is the first screen grab from Bent Hamer´s new film 1001 grams. I feel very privileged to be working on this movie .We now done 3 days of shooting. One of our most talented Norwegian actress Ane Dahl Torp is playing Maria  – and she is wonderful! Visual Approach For the first part of the story, I will try to ...

  • winner of Gullruten – or directly translated – “The Golden Frame”

    May 9, 2013

    It is always nice that someone out there like my work :-) Some days ago, I received  “Gullruten” . Best Director of Photography – for  the TV Drama “The Half brother/Halvbroren.  Gullruten is the Norwegian version of Emmy Awards.

  • how light can y do a film ?

    April 8, 2013

    The world smallest  grip department  ? I always wanted to learn about how they made cigars… and it is probably 20 years since I have done a real documentary. It took me 3 weeks of research & upgrade for my 5D mk3 with all those small bit´s and pieces to make it in to a video camera. And ...

  • Welcome to my new page !

    March 16, 2013

    I have changed my good old web page to WordPress. All my films are now streamed directly from Vimeo Pro. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to stream my films. In the newly upgraded  Blog you will find small notes and pictures – mostly technical stuff related to me as a Cinematographer.

  • 1001 grams. it is all about measure…

    March 12, 2013

    I am in pre production for Bent Hamer´s next movie 1001 Grams. As y understand – it does have something to do with measurement . The measurable values  like the kilogram – up agains unpredictable Love . The kilogram is something we take for granted as solid, deadlock values. But this is not the truth… This is ...

  • A Thousand Times Good Night in post production

    March 12, 2013

     I look forward to soon start color grading my last feature, ” A Thousand Times Goodnight” , starring Juliette Binochet. Some few days before Christmas, we did the last set up, a 1000fps explosion in Ouarzazate in Morocco. That ended the shoot of A Thousand Times Good Night, filming in Kabul, Ireland, Kenya and Morocco. It has been an ...

  • I am now a big fan of Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster Waldau

    March 2, 2013

    Just before Christmas, we did the last set up, a 1000fps explosion in Ouarzazate in Morocco. That ended the shoot of A Thousand Times Good Night, filming in Kabul, Ireland, Kenya and Morocco. It has been anamazing journey. It is no secret that I have become a big fan of both Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster Waldau. We ...

  • The Half Brother / Halvbroren. The biggest Norwegian TV success ever !

    February 13, 2013

    More than a million Norwegians tuned in Sunday evening to the much-hyped premiere of the new television series based on Lar Saabye Christensen’s epic novel Halvbroren (The Half Brother). “It becomes more than just a TV series with so many watching,” Per Olav Sørensen, who directed the series, told NRK on Monday. “It becomes a national ...

  • Half Brother sold to many contries

    February 13, 2013

    After woking on Halvbroren / The Half Brother project for more than two years, it is great to know it has already been sold to more than 15 countries. It warms my heart to get this kind of feedback. (my responsibility on this show is visual/photograpical design of the series and DOP) “Who we are is ...

  • Martin Sheen to debut world premiere of ‘Stella Days’ at Galway Film Fleadh

    February 13, 2013

    West Wing star returning to Ireland to take part in film festival – here are some still-images from the film, starring Martin Sheen.

  • Interview in Arri News 2010

    February 13, 2013

    read more in the Arri Article : jcr.no/files/stills/news/2010_04a_ARRI_News_jcr.pdf

  • Interview at IBC 2009 regarding Camera Report

    February 13, 2013
  • Winner of The Amanda Committee’s Golden Clapperboard 2008

    February 13, 2013

    “The winner of this year Golden Clapperboard is known as an intense working cinematographer with a tender eye for light and a creator of elegant visual look. He is always on a search for new possibilities to enhance the visual part of the story. He share is wisdom and is an inspiration for the film-business” Foto: ...

  • The first RED VS. Film test

    February 13, 2013

    Invited by the Bergen International Film festival and The Norwegian Society of Cinematographers, John Christian Rosenlund have been responsible for the first test ever done between 35mm film and the new digital Film camera RED. After the shoot in Bergen, both film and RED was recorded to 2 and 4K DPX files at The Chimney Pot ...

  • just got this memory from 2008 – a mini documentary about me :=I

    February 14, 2012

    TV Vest made a small TV program in 2008 about me as a cinematographer. I cant deny it . Attack is the best defense” – here it is…

  • Home for Christmas in main competition

    February 12, 2012

    Home for Christmas will have its premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film festival – and the 2010 San sebastian                      

  • Stella Days, starring Martin Sheen

    December 21, 2010

    25 days of shooting on a period film from the mid 50´s can be tough enough in the unpredictable Irish weather.   After some 20 days of shoot, it started to snow. It was snowing like is never have done before (in the “ever-green”  country of Ireland). I have have had some very nice 25 shooting days (super ...