EMIL KLANG / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Iceland shoot

For several reasons I had to take a pause with updating this blog and different shoots went by during the spring and presummer without me reporting about them. Jesus Christ! There's a lot of great stories and interesting experiences to share, so let me start with one of the most unconvential shoots that took place on Iceland a couple of months ago.

Me and Lena Jordebo took an early flight to Reykjavik about two months ago and I was excited like a child. This was my Icelandic debut, I had never before experienced the vulcanic lava fields or the erupting hot geysers. We went there in the name of Mai Zettering, the Swedish director that me and Lena is making a SVT-documentary about. Mai went to Iceland with her cinematographer Rune Ericsson (also the invertor of the format Super-16, for which he won an Oscar) to scout some locations and make some test filming. They came back home with beautiful footage and a lot of great ideas but for some reason this film never went into production.

Lena had this idea of traveling to Iceland and trying to visualize some of Mai's ideas, even the most surreal ones. This was LOTS of fun, we just played around in the most beautiful of landscapes with my Sony F55 attached to a gyro gimbal (SC:Newton) and a smoke machine. It might have been the most surreal shoot ever, but it was absolutely one of the most creative and exciting ever. The result? I can't say to much about it yet but let's say it is..different. And in my world, different is good.

Posted by Emil Klang on June 25, 2014

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LAUNCHED: NK - Haute Kosmetik Film #1

As a kid you had this surrealistic dream of being in a room made out of candy. Ginger bread walls, a rustic kitchen table with the taste of liquorice and a fluffy white bed made out of marshmallows.
Later on, as a teenager, you had this (not necessarily dirty!) vision of yourself at a party surrounded by the attention of the most beautiful girls in the world. (Sporty Spice, Kate Moss and Ebba Hultqvist).

Some years later you got quite sick of sugar. And girls, well they always left you and in the morning in a doubtful haze of CK One. Once again your point of interests makes some turns and the everyday addiction for a 30 years old random film maker like me turns out to be something else: Inspiring, talented and creative people! I can't get enough of them!

In this case I found myself at Delight Studio with a team that literally could turn a horse shit into a diamond. Every single person in that room was a true unique creator, I can't really remember being surrounded by that number of really cool people. The client Nordiska Kompaniet and the agency Garbergs (super skilled Johan Wilde & Evelina Nevréus) had this idea of creating four really inspiring beauty looks for a new campaign called Haute Kosmetik. To their help they had the most stunning makeup artist Ignacio Alonso and the amazing hair stylists Linda Shalabi and Erika Svedjevik.

The still photographer for the campaign was Benjamin Vnuk, a great and crazy-talented guy that I briefly knew through friends. I was asked to shoot some films around this and there was this fun idea of attaching Go Pro-cameras to the models, in order to follow the progress of making the looks. But to leave my Sony F55 back home was not an option, I wanted to mix the footage of the Go Pro's with the F55's to get some more dynamic and narrative to it.
This is how the laces look turned out! To see the other films you simply have to wait a couple of days.

I also want to thank lovely Helena Modin and Eugénia Hildestrand at Miine for this opportunity.

Director, DoP & Post: Emil Klang
Make up: Ignacio Alonso
Hair stylists: Linda Shalabi, Erika Svedjevik
Still Photography: Benjamin Vnuk
Agency: Garbergs
Production company: Miine

Posted by Emil Klang on April 30, 2014

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Apparently in Ardeche

Currently in the south of France, shooting the documentary about Mai Zetterling that I’ve been working on for a while. Me and the director Lena Jordebo took a flight down to Marseille and after a couple of hours driving in the most beautiful of landscapes, we arrived to the great stone house that Mai Zetterling lived in during the eighties. It’s located high up in the mountains and the view is just spectacular, from one of the big terraces we are see Mount Blanc.
I’m back in Stockholm by the weekend. Salut!

Posted by Emil Klang on April 17, 2014

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NICO - SPHINX OF ICE at Dramaten

OMG it's obviously just three days left to the premiere of the theatre play Nico - Sphinx of Ice at Dramaten, the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. I'm the artist behind all the video projections in the play, which are...plenty. I've been working my ass off with this for the past four months and it's a quite surreal feeling that it's just about time for premiere. I really recommend everyone that doesn't fear flickering lights and drug references to see this play, or as Dramaten calls it, this music and art performance in the name of Nico.

There are stills some tickets left, buy them!

If you want to get even more inspired, see the trailer that I directed for the play a couple of months ago here!

Posted by Emil Klang on March 17, 2014

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LAUNCHED: GANT - Ocean Academy

It finally time to present a new film that I shot for GANT. It was directed by Andreas Öhman known for feature films as I rymden finns i känslor, Bitchkram and Remake. We shot it far out in the Stockholm archipelargo during two sunny and funny days with the greatest crew from the production company Naive.

Read more about the shoot here!
The film was shot on Arri Alexa and with a vintage Cooke 18-100mm lens.

Director: Andreas Öhman
DoP: Emil Klang
Camera assistant: Michael Wirtberg
Producer: Sara-Lotta Grahn
Still Photographer: Sanna Dahlén
Editing: Robin Jonsson
VFX/Comp: David Nalci
Grading: Linus Kullman
V/O: Alexander Jeffery
Music: Upright
Production company: Naive

Posted by Emil Klang on March 06, 2014

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The woods

A couple of days ago I brought my camera and a bunch of smoke granades to the forest. I had to do some filming for the theatre play Nico - Sphinx of Ice, that will have premiere in two weeks at the Royal Dramatic Theatre here in Stockholm. Shooting film is usually a teamwork, it ain't rare to find 20 people next to you on set, so there's nothing as beautiful of being just by yourself, in the calmest of forests, with your camera and an ambition to make something beautiful. Ok, it's true, it's always a hassle. The camera is heavy, you'll get biten by mosquitoes and the smoke granades kills your lounges, but anyway.
The hours I spent in the forest the other day was really beautiful. I got some footage and it will be in the play, for sure.

Posted by Emil Klang on March 02, 2014

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Let’s Dance!

Yesterday I found myself in a studio at Filmhuset shooting some beautiful footage for the TV show Let's Dance. I was asked by some old colleagues to help them out with this, and it was simply lots of fun! It was great to meet all the participants and dancers of this years season, and to see them move their hips in front of the camera, but the best part was to hang out with old colleagues that you haven't worked with for years.

Everything was shot on my Sony F55 with the Canon CN-E 30-105mm glass.

Posted by Emil Klang on February 25, 2014

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Let me talk about Daniel Wirtberg

Today it's time to salute my friend and colleague Daniel Wirtberg for winning the prize for best music video at the Swedish Grammis Award 2014! His three videos for Jenny Wilson's brilliant album Demand the Impossible! are absolutely outstanding in every way. I am just impressed and amazed. When it comes to aesthectical visions, Daniel has a unique way of creating an atmosphere in hos films that is rarely to be seen elsewhere. These music videos for Jenny Wilson are filmed with an old S-VHS camera, a decision with one thousand cons. It sounds crazy in these days of digital perfectionism and possibilities to create looks in post, but his strong idea about this S-VHS camera forced the video towards this look they now have. And honestly, flexibility in post is key when you don't know what you do on set, but if you're certain about a look from start, then it's better to try to create that in camera than afterwords.

Another film of Daniel Wirtberg and Jenny Wilson that everyone have to see is Beyond that Wasteland. Probably the most beautiful short film I've seen in the past years. Jenny had just started her treatment for breast cancer when they decided to go to Iceland to shoot a film about just that. Cancer. And the struggle to take control of the disease. I might mistake me, but I think he shot that film on Super-16.

There is also Michael Wirtberg. He's been my camera assistant at several shoots, but he is also Daniel's brother and was deeply involved in these films. He is the best film crew member a production can have and he shares a beautiful personality. His only drawback is his pretty lousy moral when it comes to chess.

Once again, cheers for one of the most interesting directors we have here in Sweden - Daniel Wirtberg! And cheers for one of the most interesting artist there is - Jenny Wilson!!

Posted by Emil Klang on February 20, 2014

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LAUNCHED: Marlene - Stay Awake!

Even though I just shot the studio parts in this video I want to share it with my fellow camrades that visits my site. As my previous blog post mentioned, Marlene has just released her new song Stay Awake, and I was invited to help out with the studio shots for the video. Oskar Sikow Engström, that I worked with on the Kate Boy-videos, directed the video (and he also shot the location parts of the video), and even though it was mainly improvised and made without a budget, I think it came out pretty neatly. And I really love the song!

Posted by Emil Klang on February 14, 2014

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Marlene Video shoot!

This Monday I hooked up with some friends to make a music video for Marlene's next release. It's a great song and I'm sure it will be a great hit! Oskar Engström, that I shot the Kate Boy-videos together with, was directing this little piece as well, and I really like to have him as a creative partner, and to visualize his amazing ideas. Marlene was a true star in front of the camera, and that makes things pretty easy for me, she nailed shots that you normally have do retake for 10 times. With us on set was the multitalented Stefan Storm (The Sound of Arrows), just to support and give us a help. Stefan is an old and great friend of mine, and once I shot a video for his previous band as well, see it - here! If you don't know Marlene and her music, have a look at her previous hit single Bon Voyage!

Posted by Emil Klang on January 23, 2014

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2014
Jun 25:
Iceland shoot
Mar 02:
The woods
2013
Nov 25:
England shoot
Aug 07:
Name the Pet!
Jun 12:
New lens!