Garðar Örn Arnarson graduated from The Film School in 2012. He has since been in constant work and enjoys it. We got to pry a bit about the beginning, the current works and future plans.
What is your first memory regarding the cinema?
My first memory is probably seeing the film “Benjamin Dove” in Regnboga Cinema. Then 7 years old. But I always remember when I saw the documentary “Bowling for Columbine” for the first time. I believe that was the first time I realized what I wanted to do in the near future
What fascinated you about studying in The Icelandic Film School and why did you choose Directing and Producing?
What fascinated me about the Film School was that I saw there an opportunity to continue following my dream. I had taken a few years in college without any certain reward or ambition. Except perhaps when it came to the social aspect. I was really at a crossroads in my life when I applied to The Film School. I chose Directing and Producing as I had always wanted to create without myself being in the spotlight. I can not say that I regret that today. As I have been working in exactly directing and producing ever since I graduated
Any fun memories from your time at the school?
Mostly just my classmates and schoolmates. I do remember the documentary class on either the second or third semester. There I made my first documentary that I am truly proud of and there I found my focus for the future. Making Sports Documentaries. Now a few years later the documentaries are up to 16 as well as 18 short interview films
Can you tell us about your graduation film?
I had always planned to make a documentary. As that was going to be my focus and I knew what I wanted to pursue in the future. I was however advised to make a scripted short film. Which I did. The film was about a father and son relationship where the father was trying to relive his broken dreams through his son. My good friend Erlingur Jack wrote the screen play for that film
What followed your graduation from The Film School?
Immediately after, some of my class mates and I founded a production firm. I also took on PA work with Republik in foreign advertising to have an income. During that first year I made my first big documentary, “Olli”. And the same day that was aired for the first time to the public I was offered work as a producer for Channel 2 Sports, And I have been there since then
Can you tell us about your current works?
Last year (2017) was probably the most fun and most challenging year of my film making career. In 2017 I conducted 128 shows on Channel 2 Sport as well as directing the broadcast in over 40 basketball-and football games in the OB.
Today I am in charge of two shows on Channel 2 Sports. “Dominos Korfuboltakvold” and the handball show “Seinni bylgjan”, and on top of that I am producing and directing an 8 show documentary series for Channel 2 that will be aired in April. I am making the series with Gummi Ben from a joint idea we had. Shooting will start in January
And what are your future plans?
The future goals are continuing doing what I am doing, making television shows and documentaries
Here is a list of Gardars work until today, but the list will without a doubt grow bigger in the years to come
Leikstjórn & Framleiðsla:
(2017-) Seinni bylgjan – 15 shows (Weekly television show)
(2015-) Dominos Körfuboltakvöld – 102 shows (Weekly television show)
(2015-) OB leikir – +100 broadcasts
(2015-17) Messan – 60 shows (Weekly television show)
(2015-17) Champions Leauge – 24 shows (Television show)
(2017) Teigurinn – 19 shows (Weekly television show)
(2017) 1á1 – 20 shows (Weekly television show)
(2015) Hólmurinn Heillaði (Documentary)
(2015) Goðsagnir Efstu deildar (10 Documentaries)
(2015) Íslendingarnir í Nordsjælland (Documentary)
(2014) Brooklyn (Documentary)
(2013) Ölli (Documentary)
(2012) GS#9 (Documentary)
(2011) Upphafið að stórveldinu (Documentary)
It will be a treat to keep track of Gardars work in the future and we wish him all the best