It has been pretty obvious that the Icelandic film “Let me fall” has gained much notoriety, attention and discussion of late, when this is written over 40 thousand persons have seen the film in Icelandic cinemas. It is the cooperation of many people that make this film a possibility, among them quite a few former students at The Film School. So we thought it might be a good idea to pry a bit about their experiences in the making of the film.
Freyja Sesseljudottir graduated from the Technological department of The Film School in 2011 and has since then worked in the art department on various film projects
I realized early on in the studies that I wanted to focus on production design and props and was asked by many of my co-students to make the set for their graduation films.The first years after graduation I was mostly working on set as a standby props maker on Icelandic projects, commercials and television shows, like “Hae Gosi”, “Pressa”, “Hraunid” and more. Then I was the props master in the first season of “Ofaerd” (Trapped).For the last few years I have worked as an Art department Coordinator, that is coordination where I have to envelope myself within the script and brake it down to its core, make sure everything is ready for shooting, all the props ready and developed (personalized according to each character, wear them out and such), all graphics are ready, all vehicles appearing on film are ready and worked over and so on. You could say that I am a sort of center in the arts department, I need to know everything that is going on and if anyone in the department has questions I always need to have the answers. I am also in charge of making the budget with the set designer and making sure it is on spot throughout the assignment.
“Let me fall” was a very special assignment, I am very proud to have been a part of making this film, the story is so important and should be seen by everyone. The script really hit my nerves, it was often difficult as one has to look through the eyes of the characters to make their world and surrounding as real as possible.I mostly worked with the props master and the graphic designer in “Let me fall”. With the props master I researched, purchased items and found solutions to many different obstacles that always arise during film making. Props are hugely important, because the audience can always spot if there is something wrong, but if the set up is correct, then the audience will not break the connection to the story. It entails more than just walking to the shop and buying something, it has to be believable and it can take quite some time to figure out what to use in each and every scene. All the “dope” for instance needs to be safe for the actor to consume but still look real, just to name an example.We usually need to age and dirt the props, adding wear and tear so they do not look new, and here we were working with different time periods so we had to have multiple pieces of some of the props, differently worn according to which time period we were shooting in the film.With the graphics designer I helped make sure all the graphics were correct (all pictures, prints, signs and such), went over the graphics when they were ready and helped set it up. Then after the graphics were approved by the director and the set designer, I shipped them to be printed and made sure everything ran as scheduled.“Let me fall” was a very special assignment for me personally, I learnt so much, gained experience that I will be using in other projects and in life in general