We of course started with finding out what enticed Sólveig to film making
I was enthralled by films early and all that is associated with them. I was always amazed by what could be created and loved all adventure films, and in within that genre, Steven Spielberg will always be my favorite
Sólveig is a graduate from Directing and producing, even though she started out with other plans
Originally I was going to apply to join Screen writing and directing, but at my admission interview, they introduced me to the producing studies. I decided to have a closer look into that and do not regret it at all. Within those courses we get an all round base for everything to do with film making and I believe it to be the best course available
During the latter part of the schooling an important decision awaits each student, what to tackle in their final assignment and Sólveig had a graduation film that was close to her heart
My final assignment was the short film “40 weeks”. I have never been as devoted to any other assignment, but it is based on characters and adapted from a chapter from the book by the same name written by Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir. I read that book often, first when I was 19 years old, heavily pregnant with my first born. I remember when I first read it, I really wanted to SEE it. It was therefor surrreal to get a chance to do exactly that 13 years later. I am unbelievably grateful to Ragnheiður for being so willing to let me do it and for being open to the changes I needed to make. I spent a great deal of time casting the roles and am truly satisfied with the outcome, and I had Helga Soffía Ólafsdóttir, Blær Hinriksson and Ella María Georgsdóttir playing the lead roles.
But what assignments awaited after graduation?
My first assignment was being Production Coordinator in “The Swan” (Svanurinn), produced by Vintage Pictures last summer, after having completed my first year at the school. It is an understatement to say that it was a jump in the Atlantic but I am truly grateful to Birgitta Björnsdóttir and Hlín Jóhannesdóttir for the opportunity and I learned so much in the undertaking.
I was also able to assist in the casting process which was amazing. I was then a second assistant director in the short film “Búi” that Zik Zak produced and shortly after that the third assistant director/PA in the film “Breathe normally” (Andið eðlilega), also produced by Zik Zak. My last assignment was the third assistant director/PA in “Penalty shot in Vestmannaeyjar” (Víti í Vestmannaeyjum) produced by Sagafilm. That was a huge, incredibly fun and demanding project
But what project does Sólveig hope to do in the future?
My dream project is to work further on the making “40 weeks” into a film. To me that book belongs on the big screen and I hope to make that a reality some day 🙂
We know a bright future awaits Sólveig and look forward to following her work in the years to come